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Thatcher Demko injury timeline updated, returning sooner than expected

Published May 16, 2024 at 12:22
BY FRED MALTES
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In an unexpected twist for the Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Thatcher Demko is making a quicker recovery than anticipated, stirring excitement about his potential return to the ice as the playoff series progresses.

Recent observations at Canucks practice reveal Demko accelerating towards full fitness, leading to speculation that he might be donned in pads for Game 6, much sooner than anyone had thought.

According to Canucks insiders, Demko's rapid healing has been the talk of the town. Initially sidelined, his swift advancement has flipped the script, now suggesting an imminent return that could significantly impact the team's strategies and morale. Details from the practice sessions indicate that Demko has been actively facing shots over the past three days, signaling that his in-game appearance could be just around the corner. The buzz reached a higher pitch when NHL insider Frank Seravalli hinted at a possible surprise appearance for Demko in tonight's crucial Game 5, depending on his comfort and readiness to step back into the fray.




While Demko works his way back to the starting lineup, rookie goaltender Arturs Silovs has been holding down the fort with admirable prowess. Despite Silovs' commendable performance, the consensus suggests that Demko's return could swiftly alter the goaltending dynamic. Recognized for his ability to rank among the NHL's top 5 goaltenders, Demko's presence in the net is viewed as a potential game-changer for the Canucks, who are eager to leverage his skills to tilt the playoff scales in their favor.

On the opposing side, the Edmonton Oilers possess an elite offense that has previously found ways to break through formidable goaltenders. The expectation is that even a stalwart like Demko might not fully stymie the Oilers' scoring machine, though his participation could undoubtedly make goals harder to come by for Edmonton. With or without Demko in the lineup for Game 5, the Oilers' strategy remains clear—they need to seize a series lead tonight to position themselves advantageously for Game 6, ideally concluding the series on their home ice before Demko can make a significant impact.


The Canucks' playoff journey is reaching a critical juncture, and Thatcher Demko's potential return is poised to add an intriguing layer to the unfolding drama. As the clock ticks down to tonight's face-off, all eyes will be on the Canucks' net, waiting to see whether Demko steps out to defend it.
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May 16   |   24 answers
Thatcher Demko injury timeline updated, returning sooner than expected

When do you believe Demko will return to this playoff series?

Tonight, in game 500 %
Game 6520.8 %
Game 7312.5 %
He won't, they'll stay with Silovs1666.7 %
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