Ramblings: Demko Has Quality Start, Boeser Breaks Goal Drought, Buffalo Goalie Situation (Nov 19)

Ian Gooding

2022-11-19

The NHL schedule makers don't care that you might have had no one to roster on Friday, but on Saturday you'll have a surplus of players that you'll need to make start/sit decisions on. If you were looking to get your hockey fix on Friday, only one game was on the schedule, and it was a late game between the Kings and Canucks in Vancouver.

You were able to take a rest from your doubts about Thatcher Demko, at least for one game. Demko made 37 saves in a 4-1 Canucks win, which was just his second win of the season. Demko had posted just one quality start prior to Friday, and this was actually his first game (in 12 GP) where he has allowed fewer than three goals. In fact, it's gotten to the point where Demko and Spencer Martin have alternated starts over the Canucks' last 10 games. I'm not at the "drop Demko" point yet, and Friday's start certainly showed shades of Demko from last season in a game where the Canucks were outshot. You may want to keep him on your bench for the short term, though, as the Canucks have some tough matchups ahead against Vegas (x2) and Colorado next week.

The Brock Boeser goal watch is over. In his 12th game of the season, Boeser scored his first two goals of the season, one of which was on the power play. Although Boeser didn't score a goal in his first 11 games, he has a very Barzal-like nine assists over those 11 games. Boeser had also missed time earlier this season due to a hand injury, which has probably also set him back. He was back on the first-unit power play for the Nucks, but he was down on the third line along with Nils Hoglander and Sheldon Dries. Boeser now has 12 goals in 13 lifetime games against LA, so maybe the favorable matchup helped.

Elias Pettersson also scored two goals, giving him multiple points in back-to-back games. Petey is the least of the Canucks' worries right now with 22 points in 18 games, including 13 points in his last nine games. A