Emergency Backup To Start for the Vancouver Canucks

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In a staggering turn of events, the Vancouver Canucks are down four goaltenders. 22-year-old Michael DiPietro steps up to the plate.

Enter Mikey DiPietro

As first reported by The Athletic’s Thomas Drance, Mikey DiPietro will be between the pipes tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

This will be Dipietro’s third NHL game of his career. He has yet to earn a win at the NHL level and currently sports a .742 SV% and a 7.04 GAA.

His debut as a Canuck came back in February of 2019. With the starter at the time, Jacob Markstrom, battling an injury and the backup, Thatcher Demko, getting sidelined with a knee injury – 19-year-old Mikey stepped up to plate. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the result that he was looking for. DiPietro allowed seven goals on 24 shots, the team lost 7-2 to the San Jose Sharks.

His second chance at NHL ice came during the following season. DiPietro was called up to the main roster due to injuries and was put in as relief during the third period against the Vegas Golden Knights. He looked more composed compared to his first outing. Although, he allowed one goal in his eight minutes.

What can we expect tonight?

DiPietro has played 13 games for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate this season. He holds a record of 4-7-2 with a .896 SV% and 3.19 GAA with them. He was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, 64th overall by the Canucks.

The young goaltender will be looking to make the most of his opportunity Sunday night. He will be following up a gutsy performance from third-string Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin who started on Friday night against the Florida Panthers.

Martin certainly made an impression with the fans. He stopped 33 of his 34 shots faced before ultimately falling during the shootout against the best team in the league.

The Canucks currently sit at seventh in their division with a record of 18-18-4. The club will be looking to get above .500 in regular-season competition. Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 pm PT at Rogers Arena.

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Hockey Writer from Northern British Columbia.