The Vancouver Canucks have lost two in a row and so have their opponents tonight, the Colorado Avalanche, as the young NHL season hits the middle of its second week.

It's still far too early to proclaim either team a dud but facts are facts: the Canucks have won only two of six starts and twice lost when leading after two periods. The Avalanche are 2-3-0 with all three losses coming on the road by a combined score of 12-3.

Roberto Luongo will start tonight vs. the Avs (7 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040), his third start in seven games and second straight. He was excellent Monday in the Canucks' 3-2 shootout loss to the L.A. Kings and carries a 2.20 goals against average and .917 save percentage into the contest. Cory Schneider, by contrast, has a 3.12 GAA and .897 save rate.

Luongo shrugged when asked if he was surprised to be starting ahead of Schneider.

"I don't know," he replied. "I mean, like I've been saying, I just get ready to play every day and when I'm called upon, I just want to be ready. I'm excited to be getting the start tonight and, hopefully, build a little bit off the last game and get a win."