Canucks: revised playoff schedule puts additional pressure on Markstrom

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Vegas Golden Knights contre Vancouver Canucks

(Best of seven series tied 1-1)

18h45, Rogers Place (Edmonton), TV: Sportsnet; Radio: Sportsnet 650 AM


Still, the schedule hasn’t given Markstrom, who looks certain to start all remaining games in the series unless his health takes an unexpected hit. Thatcher Demko is a quality save but has only played 8:26 since hockey returned from his COVID-19 hiatus at the end of July.

Demko didn’t even make it to the Canucks’ only exhibition game before the qualifying round.

Compare that to the situation on the other end of the ice, where Vegas has two stars proven capable of working the crease.

Robin Lehner did most of the work in the playoffs, but Marc-André Fleury is no slouch as his replacement. If Vegas coach Peter DeBoer does as planned and splits this weekend’s starts between the two, the Canucks will face a fresh, rested goalie in every game. Game 4 will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

“This is where Vegas benefits. They can play both guys. The Canucks really don’t have a choice, ”said Corey Hirsch, analyst for Sportsnet 650 broadcaster and former NHL goaltender and goaltender coach.

Hirsch was also a goalkeeper who had to play three consecutive nights. He did so in the AHL and in his days with the Kamloops Blazers.

“I took this route,” he laughs. Hirsch, of course, didn’t perform in a time when the science of fitness was as well understood as it is now.

“The new schedule does not benefit the Canucks at all. Fortunately, Markstrom is in good shape.

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