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Thatcher Demko recalled by Vancouver

Anders Nilsson is about to become a dad.

According to Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650, the tandem starter’s wife is due to deliver today – so he’s out of commission for the moment, awaiting his family’s newest addition.

In his place? It’s Thatcher Demko time.

It was announced on Saturday, via official press release, that Demko has been recalled by the Canucks from the AHL’s Utica Comets. He’ll join the team as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at home in Vancouver, hoping to stop a disappointing two game losing skid.

So far this season, Demko has played in seven games for the Comets – and he’s been absolutely dominant in the process. Facing 212 shots in total (averaging out to about 30 per game), he’s allowed just 13 goals, going 4-2-1 with one shutout and a .939 save percentage in all situations.

It seems unlikely that he’ll make his NHL debut tonight, since Jacob Markstrom allowed just one goal in his last game en route to a 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils and Cory Schneider.

Markstrom has been running incredibly hot and cold through October, though, boasting a concerning two Really Bad Starts by Rob Vollman’s metric to go with five Quality Starts in nine total games. If he falters again on Saturday night, expect Demko to potentially make his NHL debut.

Pittsburgh and Vancouver will face off at 7:00 PM PST in Vancouver.

  • I was wondering why Rodin was reassigned to Utica when he was a useful option for Green. Turns out, it’s all Fernanda Nilsson’s fault.

    She’s kinda hot, by the way.

  • It is the usual CA exaggeration to characterize Markstrom as being “incredibility hot and cold through October”. The real statistics do not support that statement. Markstrom has had 8 starts this season and 2 of them qualify as Really Bad Starts by Vollman’s definition. Other goalies with 2 RBS include Crawford, Smith, Bobrovsky, Rinne, Vasilevsky and Howard. Not bad company, eh? Seventy five percent of Markstrom’s starts have been Quality Starts. Vollman has stated that any QS% above 60 is going to be among the League leaders.

    Markstrom has a Save % of .916 and Vollman’s research predicts that will result in a winning percentage of 77%. If Markstrom starts 60 games this season then a 77% winning percentage will produce 92 points and 100 points will ensure a playoff spot. So Nilsson only needs to win 4 in the remaining 22 starts to reach that goal. In case you hadn’t noticed he already has 3 wins in just 4 starts.

    So analytics actually reveal that Markstrom is playing quite well this season, but that doesn’t support your biased narrative, does it Cat? You only continue to diminish your credibility (and hockey analytics) when you try to cherry pick your stats to support your pre-determined negative opinions.