Scenes from morning skate: Thatcher Demko looks to stay hot in Canucks vs. Ducks
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Tonight, the Vancouver Canucks will continue their six game homestand with a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks.
Here’s everything you need to know from morning skate!
What we saw
The Canucks are fresh off a thrilling shootout victory over the Nashville Predators. Elias Pettersson and goaltender Arturs Silovs were instrumental in the Canucks picking up the two points. Tonight, the Canucks will turn back to Thatcher Demko after Silovs was returned to the AHL yesterday afternoon.
After returning from injury in late February, Demko has wasted little time returning to his elite form that Canucks fans know and love. Through three starts since returning, Demko has put together a .936 save percentage, stopping 104 of the 111 shots he’s faced. Demko’s improved in each of his starts, and put together his best performance of the season on Saturday when the Canucks upset the Toronto Maple Leafs. Demko turned aside 36 of the 37 shots he faced en route to a 4-1 Canucks victory. Tonight, he’ll look to continue to build on his success.
Here’s what the lineup in front of him will look like:
Unsurprisingly, the Canucks aren’t making any changes to their lineup. Filip Hronek remains sidelined with the shoulder injury he suffered prior to the Canucks acquiring him from the Detroit Red Wings, so Noah Juulsen will line up alongside Quinn Hughes.
Phil Di Giuseppe remains on JT Miller’s wing across from Brock Boeser, while the two young Russians, Vitali Kravtsov and Vasily Podkolzin will flank Sheldon Dries on the fourth line. Jack Studnicka remains as the odd man out in the forward group.
What was said
The newly-signed Guillaume Brisebois spoke about his time with the Canucks’ organization, as the 25-year-old defenceman prepares to skate in his 20th NHL game tonight.
“I was really happy. It’s always exciting to sign a new contract with the same team, and I’m really grateful for that contract,” said Brisebois. “I’ve worked really hard, but the coaching staff, my teammates, they’ve helped me a lot during that time. I’m really grateful for everything the organization has done for me.”
Head coach Rick Tocchet spoke about continuing to build on their structure as the season goes on.
“We’ve got a good coaching staff here [and] this is an extended training camp,” said Tocchet. “We can’t waste games or practice. We’re trying to build something. There are going to be games where playoff teams are jockeying for position or trying to get in and we want to beat them. I don’t care who we play, we can’t take anyone lightly.”
Puck drop is at 7 PM tonight from Rogers Arena.
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