Rick Tocchet confirms 4  lineup changes for Game 7.

Rick Tocchet confirms 4 lineup changes for Game 7.

The head coach of the Vancouver Canucks is shaking things up for Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Jonathan Larivee

The Vancouver Canucks are on the brink of elimination and the brink of advancing to the Western Conference Final as they prepare to face the Edmonton Oilers in the final and deciding game of their second round Stanley Cup playoff series, Game 7.

There will be a ton on the line tonight and unfortunately for the Canucks they will be fighting an uphill battle with two of their top stars out of the lineup. Head coach Rick Tocchet has confirmed that star goaltender Thatcher Demko will not be available for Game 7, and of course there was the shocking news that Brock Boeser will miss the remainder of the playoffs due to a blood clotting issue.

This of course leaves Tocchet with a number of difficult choices to make before the biggest game of the season, something he has already done. Tocchet spoke to reporters on Monday and confirmed 4 changes to his lineup including the absence of Boeser due to his ailment.

Stepping out of the lineup tonight will of course be Boeser as well as forward Vasili Podkolzin with Sam Lafferty and Ilya Mikheyev expected to replace them tonight. Tocchet has also confirmed that he will be going back to goaltender Arturs Silovs in Game 7 despite Silovs getting shelled in Game 6.

Only time will tell if these prove to be the right decisions.