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Canucks coach Rick Tocchet hints towards shaking up lineup

Published May 16, 2024 at 8:57
BY FRED MALTES
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In the wake of a crucial loss, Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet is signaling a strategic overhaul for the upcoming Game 5 against the Oilers.

The adjustments come at a pivotal moment, as Vancouver seeks to revitalize their approach and counter Edmonton's defensive tactics. For more details on these developments.


Tocchet's potential changes are stirring discussions, especially with the introduction of players like Podkolzin, Bains, and Hoglander. These alterations aim to inject fresh energy and a new dynamic into the Canucks' formation. Moreover, the possible return of goalie Thatcher Demko is creating a buzz. Having shown significant progress in his rehabilitation over the past 72 hours, as Tocchet notes, Demko's comeback could be a game-changer for Vancouver. Artrus Silovs, the current goaltender, has held the fort admirably, granting the team enough leeway to gauge Demko's recovery readiness.


Improved immensely the last 72 hours.

Tocchet Considers Elevating Prospect Lekkeirmaki to Starting Lineup
However, it's the potential elevation of Canucks prospect Jonathan Lekkeirmaki that might be the most consequential move. Tocchet appears confident about integrating Lekkeirmaki, who has spent the season honing his skills with Orebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League. His performance there—scoring 19 goals and 12 assists across 46 games—demonstrates his readiness for the NHL stage.

I'm swinging the bat. I'm not scared.

As Vancouver braces for these impactful changes, Edmonton's coaching duo, Kris Knoblauch and Paul Coffery, must also prepare their strategies. The Oilers need to anticipate and adapt to the Canucks' lineup tweaks to maintain their defensive stronghold. With Game 5 scheduled for tomorrow, May 16th, at 10 PM Eastern, the stage is set for a showdown that could very well dictate the momentum of the series. For further insights, check out


These strategic moves by Tocchet reflect a broader tendency in NHL coaching circles to leverage both veteran experience and youthful vigor in pursuit of playoff success. As the Canucks look to overturn their fortunes, all eyes will be on how these adjustments translate on the ice.
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