Veteran Roberto Luongo will lace up the pads against the Winnipeg Jets

Roberto Luongo took a break on December 20 as rookie Eddie Lack backstopped the team in Chicago on the second of  back-to-back road games.

The Canucks will have the 34-year-old netminder back in goal tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena.

Luongo is first in the league in games-played (31), ninth in wins (16), and 11th in goals-against average (2.26).

Meanwhile, Lack was superb as the team came back from a 2-0 'Hawks lead to win a 3-2 victory in the shootout.

The backup's goals-against average has fallen to 1.98 and he's won five of his seven starts.

Lack will earn $850,000 this season, according to the website.

In comparison, Cory Schneider has only posted four wins against seven losses and has a 2.03 goals-against average for the New Jersey Devils.

Schneider will make $4 million this season, according to

The Canucks enter tonight's game with a 21-11-6 record; the Jets are at 16-16-5.

Despite Vancouver's solid record, it is only in fourth place in the Pacific Division, four points ahead of the Coyotes. Phoenix has three games in hand.

The Canucks have four injured players: Alex Burrows (broken jaw), Alex Edler (knee injury), Jordan Schroeder (foot/ankle injury) Ryan Stanton (ankle injury).

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