Canucks Goalie Thatcher Demko Out for Game 2 vs Predators with Injury

The Vancouver Canucks will be without star goaltender Thatcher Demko for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators due to an undisclosed injury. Backup Casey DeSmith will start in his place as the Canucks look to take a 2-0 series lead.

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Canucks Goalie Thatcher Demko Out for Game 2 vs  Predators with Injury

Canucks Goalie Thatcher Demko Out for Game 2 vs Predators with Injury

The Vancouver Canucks will be without their starting goaltender Thatcher Demko for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators. Demko is considered day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and will be evaluated later on Tuesday, according to Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet.

Demko, 28, had a strong performance in Game 1, stopping 22 of 24 shots to help lead the Canucks to a 4-2 victory. However, he appears to have suffered an injury at some point during the game or in practice. "It's a day-to-day thing," Tocchet said of Demko's status. "We'll evaluate it later today."

With Demko sidelined, backup goalie Casey DeSmith will get the start in net for Game 2. DeSmith, 32, appeared in 29 games for the Canucks during the regular season, posting a 12-9-6 record with a.895 save percentage and 2.89 goals-against average. He also has some limited playoff experience, having made one appearance for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2021-22 postseason.

Why this matters: Losing Demko for any amount of time is a significant blow to the Canucks' playoff hopes. The 28-year-old netminder was a Vezina Trophy finalist this season after finishing with a 35-14-2 record,.918 save percentage, and five shutouts. His steady presence in goal has been a key factor in Vancouver's success.

Tocchet expressed confidence in DeSmith's ability to step up in Demko's absence. "He doesn't have to be spectacular," Tocchet said. "He's just got to play solid hockey for us." The Canucks will look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Predators on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena. Game time is set for 9:30 p.m. ET.

Key Takeaways

  • Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko out for Game 2 with undisclosed injury, day-to-day
  • Backup Casey DeSmith to start in net for Canucks in Game 2 against Predators
  • Demko had strong Game 1 performance, but suffered injury during game or practice
  • Losing Demko is a significant blow to Canucks' playoff hopes, as he was a Vezina finalist
  • Canucks aim to take 2-0 series lead over Predators in Game 2 on Tuesday night