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Tocchet teases potential lineup changes ahead of Game 5


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Owen Fullerton
May 15, 2024  (2:40 PM)
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Canucks coach Rick Tocchet in discussion with JT Miller during a stoppage in play
Photo credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Canucks suffered a heartbreaking loss in the game's very last moments in game four of the NHL playoffs' second round. With a few players not playing up to expectations, Rick Tocchet teased that roster changes are about to happen.

Thatcher Demko is progressing well from an injury that has kept him out for most of the playoffs so far, so well that the Canucks could see their star goalie make a return during their series with the Oilers. While Rick Tocchet wouldn't say his goalie is returning this season, he specifically noted to TSN's Farhan Lalji that Demko has improved "immensely over the last 72 hours."
Tocchet also teased some other potential lineup changes, saying Podkolzin and Hoglander, in particular, could be options for Thursday night when the series flips back to Vancouver.
Tocchet wouldn't go so far as to say Demko could play in this series, but says he has «Improved immensely the last 72 hours.» #Canucks

Also suggested Podkolzin and Hoglander as options for tomorrow. And won't break up his top 2 lines

Goaltending has hardly been an issue for the Canucks with rookie Arturs Silovs stepping up in the absence of Demko, but his return could certainly provide a boost to the Canucks.
Tuesday night saw Nils Aman and Linus Karlsson each draw in for their second career playoff games, while Noah Juulsen stepped in for the second of his career.
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Tocchet teases potential lineup changes ahead of Game 5

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