Canucks News: Huge Update Revealed On Thatcher Demko's Status

 The Vancouver Canucks lost starting goaltender Thatcher Demko after just one game of these Stanley Cup playoffs after an injury suffered in the opening round against the Nashville Predators. Now, on the eve of their second-round series with the Edmonton Oilers, it's been revealed that Vancouver will be without Demko through at least the first four games of this series.

According to insider Frank Seravalli, the earliest possible return for Demko to the Canucks crease would be Game 5, but as he says, that's "pushing it." 

Demko has been skating and progressing in his return from the injury, the specifics of which to this point are unknown. He missed a month back in March with a knee injury, but reports say this new issue is unrelated.

The 28-year-old backstopped the Canucks to first place in the Pacific Division this season with a 35-14-2 record, to go along with a 2.45 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and five shutouts. He's also one of the three Finalists for the Vezina Trophy. 

And while Demko's value to the Canucks cannot be understated, the team was able to get through its first-round series with backups Casey DeSmith and Arturs Silovs between the pipes, and in fact, Silovs registered a shutout in the Game 6 clincher. 

Holding their ground against the high-powered Oilers offense will be a much more difficult task. 

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