NHL insider gives update on Thatcher Demko's injury status

Graham Montgomery
April 23, 2024  (9:10 PM)

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko making a save
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko is out tonight for game two against the Predators with an injury. Unfortunately, the latest update indicates that he could be out for the rest of the playoffs.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman was the first to report on Demko's condition this morning. He hypothesized on the Pat McAfee show that he may have tweaked something early in the game when he did the splits to rob the Predators on an excellent 2 on 1 scoring chance.
"Thatcher Demko isn't gonna play tonight and I've been told that he's questionable for the rest of the series..

I'm told that it's a new injury and it's not related to a previous one" ~

However, fellow insider and TSN reporter Farhan Lalji has since revealed new information himself. It sounds like Demko sustained an injury to his left knee, the same area that gave him problems at the end of the regular season. This could be especially troubling for Canucks fans as this might mean a long-term absence from their number one netminder.
I'm told Demko has an injury to the same knee that recently kept him out 5 weeks, even if it may not be a reoccurrence of the same injury. Had an MRI yesterday. Also hearing same as others, questionable to return for the series. #Canucks

lalji noted that at the end of the game, Demko appeared to aggravate something on a run-of-the-mill kind of play. It would make sense if this was where he was injured given that it was so late in the game, he could play through it to the final whistle.
We'll likely never know for sure, but it's been suggested to me that this could be the play where Demko was re-injured. A simple play from the corner where he pushes off the post, in the final minute. He stays down longer & looks to be labouring as the camera pans away. #Canucks

Regardless, losing Demko for an extended period of time could be a death sentence for the Canucks this year. DeSmith has been perfectly acceptable as a backup, but nothing more than that. Unless he catches fire immediately, the team could suddenly find themselves giving up more goals than they anticipated.
Source: HockeyFeed
Major update on Thatcher Demko's potentially playoff ending injury
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