For the second time this postseason, the Avalanche must turn to backup goaltender Pavel Francouz to start a game.
Starter Darcy Kuemper left the team in the second period of Tuesday’s insane 8-6 win over the Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He appeared to go to the bench, speak to coach Jared Bednar and exit the ice.
The team later revealed he had a lower body injury and was “doubtful” of a return.
Darcy Kuemper appears injured and goes into the dressing room. Pavel Francouz is there.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) June 1, 2022
Darcy Kuemper left the game with an upper body injury and is in doubt if he will return.
– Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 1, 2022
Kuemper left the game after allowing three goals with 16 shots before having to be substituted with the injury. Francouz came on to the starter’s relief and allowed three goals on 21 shots but was able to help the team win.
Kuemper’s future status remains up in the air, but he was a key part of Colorado’s run to the Western Conference Finals. He’s 6-2 this postseason in 10 starts with a 2.65 GAA and an .897 save ratio.
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When will Darcy Kuemper return?
The schedule for a Kümper return is still unknown at this point.
What we do know is that Kuemper was on the ice Monday before Game 4 along with Francouz and Justus Annunen before their matchup against the Oilers.
Darcy Kuemper is on the ice at the start of the morning skating together with Pavel Francouz and Justus Annunen.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) June 6, 2022
Bednar has neither confirmed nor denied this if Kuemper was available for Game 4, the door would remain available for a possible return.
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Who is the starting goaltender for the Avalanche in Game 4?
If Kuemper fails in Game 4, the Avs will have to turn to Francouz to start.
It’s not the first time the Czech goalkeeper has been signed by the Avs this postseason. When Kuemper was injured in Game 3 of the Predators series, Francouz came in and was able to secure a win in that competition. He also got the start in Game 4, stopping 28 of 31 shots and earning the win of the series.
Francouz recorded a shutout in Game 2 to secure the win and also clinched the Game 3 win by stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced. He can aim for a fourth straight win on Monday if Kuemper is unavailable.
When do the Avalanche and Oilers play next?
Game 4 of the Avalanche Oilers series takes place Monday at 8pm ET at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Viewers in the US can watch the game nationwide on TNT. Canadian audiences can watch the game on Sportsnet.
|Game||Match||time (ET)||TV station (USA)||TV station (Canada)|
|game 4||Oiler vs Avalanche||8 p.m||TNT||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|