Vancouver visited Detroit in the final match of their four-game road trip. Jacob Markstrom started his second consecutive game after missing three while away to deal with personal matters. Over that span, rookie, Thatcher Demko stood tall. The 23-year-old won two while posting a 0.944 save percentage.
Demko has a lot of motivation to produce when called upon this season. His reward may be convincing management that Markstrom – who is in the final year of his contract, is replaceable. But it won't be easy. Markstrom was near the top of the heap for quality starts a season ago and has only built on that early in 2019-20.
The 29-year-old stopped 31 of 33 on Tuesday – including several bell ringers and allowed the Canucks to score five straight in the third period to take the game 5-2 and complete the road trip 3-1. Bo Horvat recorded a hat trick. Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller, and Qu