Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko will not play in Game 7

Kevin Bieksa joined Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid after Game 6 to discuss what the Oilers did so well, the Canucks not having enough urgency, if players will be called out, and how to protect the puck against Tyler Myers.

Vancouver Canucks injured starter Thatcher Demko will not be available to play in Monday’s Game 7 showdown against the Edmonton Oilers, head coach Rick Tocchet told reporters on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Vezina Trophy finalist was injured in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators and hasn’t seen game action since. Backup goaltender Casey DeSmith started two games in the first round (one win, one loss) before AHL call-up Arturs Silovs took over the net.

The Canucks have not disclosed what injury Demko has, nor the extent, but classified him as week-to-week on April 23.

The San Diego native has been a limited participant in Canucks’ practices, but coaching staff have been cautious with his return.

Demko started 51 games for the Canucks during the regular season, posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average (35 wins, 14 losses and five shutouts) to help the Canucks win the Pacific Division.

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