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Canucks update Thatcher Demko's availability during Oilers series

Published May 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM

As the NHL playoffs advance to an electrifying second round, an all-Canadian clash is set to capture the spotlight with the Edmonton Oilers facing off against the Vancouver Canucks. The stakes are high, and the excitement is palpable, particularly as the Oilers enter the series as the heavy favorites. However, the Canucks harbor a potential game changer in their roster, notably their elite goaltender, Thatcher Demko.

Despite this, the Canucks face a significant setback as Demko, who missed nearly all of the first round, is reported to be unlikely to make a comeback for the second round.

According to insiders, Demko's absence is due to a lower body injury sustained during the first game of the playoffs. The specifics of his condition remain shrouded in mystery, with only discouraging updates surfacing thus far. His absence could be a critical blow to Vancouver's hopes against a formidable Edmonton lineup.

However, in a twist of fate, the Canucks have found an unlikely hero in rookie goaltender Arturs Silovs. The 23-year-old Latvian has stepped up in Demko's absence, delivering spectacular performances that have been instrumental in Vancouver's success.

With a .938 save percentage and a shutout that sealed their series against Nashville, Silovs has shown that he can rise to the occasion. Yet, facing the high-octane offense of the Oilers presents a whole new challenge for the young netminder.

The Oilers have showcased a robust playoff performance, particularly in their special teams play. Their powerplay and penalty kill units operated at an elite level during the first round, outplaying a defensively adept Los Angeles team. This efficiency could be particularly damaging to the Canucks, who, without Demko's reliability, might struggle to counter the Oilers' offensive prowess.

As game one approaches on Tuesday night in Vancouver, anticipation builds not just among the teams but also among fans.

This series is not just a sporting event; it's a cultural phenomenon in Canada, igniting passions in both cities. With the series odds leaning heavily in favor of the Oilers, Vancouver's challenge is clear, but in the playoffs, anything can happen, and often does. Fans from both cities are poised for what could be one of the most memorable series of the year.
May 5   |   478 answers
Canucks update Thatcher Demko's availability during Oilers series

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