Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper is out for Game 4 after leaving Colorado’s Game 3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday with an eye injury, coach Jared Bednar said Monday. However, the injury is not expected to be long-term and Kuemper does not have a concussion, a source confirmed the athlete.
Kuemper is fine but the eye is still swollen, Bednar said.
Kuemper went down in the first half on Saturday after being hit in the face by Predator forward Ryan Johansen’s bat. The Avalanche goalie’s helmet came off from the contact and he found his head on the ice. As he left the ice, Kuemper was still holding his face and eye.
Substitute goalie Pavel Francouz replaces Kuemper and will start Game 4. Justus Annunen will support Francouz.
In this year’s playoffs, Kuemper is 2-0 with 1.40 goals against average and a 0.941 percent save. In the regular season, he went 37-12-4 with 2.54 GAA and .921 SV%.
The Avalanche lead their first-round series against the Predators 3-0 after Saturday’s 7-3 win. Game 4 takes place on Monday at 9:30pm ET with a chance for the Avalanche to sweep the Predators and advance to the second round.
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