Canucks to miss six players in Game 7 showdown against Oilers

Marvin Azrak
May 20, 2024  (7:27 PM)

The Vancouver Canucks will miss key players in tonight's showdown against the Edmonton Oilers for a spot in the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars.
Photo credit: CTV News Vancouver

Tonight, we experience the best two words in hockey, «Game 7». However, the Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers, will miss key players in tonight's showdown for a spot in the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars.

Confirmed by head coach Rick Tocchet, goalie Thatcher Demko won't be between the pipes for Game 7. And he's not alone on the sidelines. Christian Wolanin, Mark Friedman, Vasil Podzokin, Noah Juulsen, Brock Boeser, and Linus Karlsson will also be watching from the press box.
Gate closed at a highly optional Game 7 morning skate.

Thatcher Demko was working with Podkolzin, Juulsen, Karlsson, Friedman and Wolanin - so those are your projected Game 7 #Canucks  scratches.

It's a tough blow for the Canucks, facing such a crucial game without Boeser and Demko. The hope was that their star goaltender, who's been out since game 1 against the Nashville Predators due to injury, would return, but it'll still be the upstart third-stringer Arturs Silovs who starts in net. Meanwhile, Boeser sustained blood clots in game 6 and is out for the season.
Sounds like #Canucks  Brock Boeser's blood clot developed in his leg, something team medical staff found after Game 6.

He has been placed on blood thinning medication and is not expected to be available to play again this season.

Brutal break for #Canucks ' leading goal scorer.

With the lineup shaken up, head coach and Jack Adams front-runner Ric Tocchet and the Canucks will need to dig deep and make the most of what they've got to eliminate the Oilers.
Meanwhile, the Oilers will be without seasoned forward Adam Henrique who's out with an ankle injury.
For Game 7:

Canucks coach Rick Tocchet says Arturs Silovs starts...indicates Lafferty/Mikheyev replace Boeser/Podkolzin.

Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch expecting no changes. Said yesterday Adam Henrique would not play.

As the tension builds for this winner-take-all Game 7, the tension is palpable. Every move on the ice will be scrutinized, and every player's contribution critical in determining who moves on in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Canucks1917.3 %
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