Edmonton Oilers May Have Caught A Big Break With Demko Injury

The Edmonton Oilers trail on the Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division, is the Demko Injury enough for the Oilers to catch them?
Nov 6, 2023; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) and Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18)
Nov 6, 2023; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) and Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18) / Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

As the Edmonton Oilers embark on their crucial four-game home stand at Rogers Place, the stakes couldn't be higher. Currently sitting 10 points behind the Vancouver Canucks in the standings, the Oilers face a daunting challenge in their pursuit of top of the Pacific. However, a recent injury offers them a glimmer of hope in their quest for the top spot.

One of the Oilers' most significant advantages lies in their schedule. Despite trailing the Canucks by double digits, the Oilers have three games in hand over their Pacific Division rivals. This surplus of games presents a golden opportunity for the Oilers to close the gap and potentially surpass the Canucks in the standings. Every point earned in these additional games becomes crucial as the playoff race intensifies.

Adding to the Oilers' optimism is the misfortune suffered by the Vancouver Canucks. The loss of their starting goalie, Thatcher Demko, to a knee injury deals a significant blow to the Canucks. Demko's absence creates a void in the Canucks' lineup and will likely slow their momentum down the stretch. For the Oilers, this setback for a division rival presents a window of opportunity to capitalize and gain ground in the standings.

Turning to the teams trailing behind the Oilers, they hold a narrow four-point lead over both the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights. While holding onto this lead is essential, the Oilers also have the chance to extend their advantage with games in hand. With one game in hand over the Kings and two games in hand over the Golden Knights, the Oilers control their destiny in this playoff race. By capitalizing on these additional games in hand, they can solidify their position and fend off the competition nipping at their heels.

As the Edmonton Oilers approach the final stretch of the regular season, every game takes on added significance. With only 19 games remaining on their schedule, each point earned becomes precious in the battle for playoff positioning. The Oilers must maintain their focus and intensity as they navigate through the challenges that lie ahead.

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As they start their homestand tonight against the Washington Capitals, the Oilers understand the magnitude of the task before them. They are determined to play solid down the stretch and hopefully earn home-ice advantage in the Pacific Division. With every game being important the remainder of the season the Oilers can’t afford to take any nights off.