Darcy Kuemper injury: Avalanche goalie ruled out for Game 2, Pavel Francouz gets start instead

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper has actually been eliminated for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday night due to an upper-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar revealed. The group’s backup netminder, Pavel Francouz, will begin in Kuemper’s location..

“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Bednar stated relating to Francouz following Thursday’s early morning skate. “He’s played really well for us over the last few years. Stepping into the situation in the Nashville series, he did a great job for us. He came in the other night and did a nice job for us. We’re completely confident he can get the job done.”

Bednar didn’t offer more information relating to Kuemper’s injury and it is still unidentified the length of time the Colorado goaltender might be out of the lineup. He left Game 1 early in the 2nd duration with the injury and Francouz changed him in web. The Avalanche had the ability to come away with a 8-6 win in the series-opening video game versus the Edmonton Oilers.

During the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kuemper has a 6-2-0 record to accompany a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .904 conserve portion. In Game 1, the Avalanche goalie stopped 13 of the 16 shots he dealt with prior to being changed by Francouz.

This isn’t the very first time Kuemper has actually fought an injury this postseason. He was hurt throughout the Avalanche’s First Round series versus the Nashville Predators. The veteran netminder was required to leave Game 3 of that series after Predators winger Ryan Johansen struck Kuemper in the eye with his stick. Kuemper was not able to play in the last 2 video games vs. Nashville.

Meanwhile, Francouz made 18 minimizes 21 shots in his almost 2 durations of work versus the Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. During the 2021-22 routine season, the Czech Republic native collected a 15-5-1 record in addition to a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .916 conserve portion.

In relief of Kuemper versus the Predators, Francouz had the ability to tape-record wins in each of the last 2 video games of that series. In 3 video games this postseason, the 31-year old has a 3-0-0 record, a 3.59 goals-against-average, and a .889 conserve portion. Francouz did yield 5 overall objectives in the 2 video games versus Nashville.



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