The Vancouver Canucks began their east coast road trip versus the Montreal Canadiens. Thatcher Demko stood tall and earned two points for the Canucks.
The Vancouver Canucks landed in Montreal to battle the Habs, but Jacob Markstrom took an early flight home to be re-evaluated by his doctors. The rumours swirling around indicate he will miss three possibly four weeks with a bad knee. Unlike the Brock Boeser injury, you hope the Canucks management group is being completely honest with the media this time around.
No Markstrom, no Boeser, no Micheal Ferland or Josh Leivo. This is the Canucks’ roster down the stretch, and it’s going to be a tight fight to the finish. The team veterans would need to lead the way, most importantly the Vancouver captain. Coach, Travis Green would also lean heavily on his star players to step up and make magic happen. Like it or not, this is how it is for the time being, and the Canucks need to make it work.
It might be a stretch of games before Green gives his newest back up a look. After all, as bad as it may seem to be without the team MVP in goal for the foreseeable future, this is a prime chance for not only management to get a good long look at Thatcher Demko under pressure, but it also gives the American goaltender a golden opportunity to show why he is the future of this team.