Rick Tocchet shares a bad update on Thatcher Demko.
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Rick Tocchet shares a bad update on Thatcher Demko.

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet shared a bad update on injured goaltender Thatcher Demko.

Jonathan Larivee

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet has just shared a fairly terrible update if you're a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

Following a tough loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 on Saturday night, one in which the the Oilers put up 5 goals against the Canucks, Tocchet had a some bad, if not entirely unexpected, news to share with members of the assembled media.

According to the Canucks bench boss, the Canucks will not get a boost in Game 7 with Canucks star goaltender Thatcher Demko unable to return to the lineup in time for any of the games in the second round Stanley Cup playoffs series.. Demko has been sidelined with a significant injury for some time, having last played against the Nashville Predators all the way back on April 21st, and although he has resumed skating and taking shots it seems he remains some ways away from being able to return to game action.

Up until this point the Canucks have largely been rolling with third string goaltender Arturs Silovs but after a less than ideal performance in Game 6 you have to wonder if Tocchet will once again go back to Silovs in Game 7. Silovs stopped just 22 of the 27 shots he faced, allowing 5 goals on his way to an .815 save percentage and you're not going to win many games when your goalie has numbers like that.

The reality is that Rick Tocchet doesn't have any great options at his disposal here, leaving him with a very tough decision as his team faces elimination in Game 7 on Monday.