Will Demko play Game 7? Canucks coach Tocchet gives emphatic answer

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The Vancouver Canucks will not have their Vezina Trophy finalist goalie available for Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Thatcher Demko will not be healthy enough to play on Monday night per head coach Rick Tocchet.

“No, Demko is not going to play Game 7,” said Tocchet today after the team’s 5-1 loss in Game 6. 

The team’s regular starting goalie hasn’t played since April 21 when he hurt his knee in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators in the first round.

Arturs Silovs has been starting in his absence and has been playing well, although he did allow five goals tonight.

“He was fine, we have a lot of confidence in Arty,” said Tocchet about the Latvian’s performance.

Demko has been making a lot of progress in his recovery and there was some hope that he would be ready for the end of the second round. The coach’s strong answer today shut down any possibility of the goalie being ready for the crucial Game 7.

More to come…