Kuemper expected to prepare Avalanche for the start of the second round


Denver — Kuemper again It is expected to prepare for the Colorado avalanche for the start of Round 2 of the Western Conference.

The goalkeeper missed out on a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predator in Game 4 of the first round because the Predator’s stick was centered in the first period of Game 3. Ryan Johansson He hit his right eye through his mask.

Pavel Francuz Colorado had 18 saves in relief and 28 saves in Game 4 in a 5-3 win at Avalanche in a 7-3 win in Game 3 which became Colorado’s first round sweep and first team to advance to Round 2. I did.

Avalanche manager Jared Bednar said on Tuesday he had little concern about whether Colorado’s number one keeper Kuemper could make an opener in the second round.

“No, I don’t think so,” Bednar said. “I think he’ll be fine.”

The Western Conference’s top seed, Avalanche, will play Game 5 on Tuesday (9:30 PM ET, ESPN, SN360, TVAS2) and the 2-2 draw between the Minnesota Wilds and the St. Louis Blues against the series winner. BSN, BSWIX, BSMW).

Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog Kuemper said he was fortunate that the injury was not as serious as he thought.

“His soul is good. He looks good,” Landeskog said. “I won’t give you the full report, but his eyes are at least slightly open. So that’s good. And he has a nice pigmentation there. We all said to him that night, ‘Just be kind. Counting your blessings.’ It can be bad.'”

Kuemper won their first two games against Nashville with an average of 1.63 goals and a 0.934 save percentage during 147:29 ice time. Francouz is 2-0 at 100:57 with a 2.97 GAA and .902 save ratio.

“I’m proud of the way ‘Frankie’ jumped into Game 3 and shut the door, and so is Game 4,” said Landeskog. “He played a great game. It’s amazing to have two goalkeepers of the same level at this point this year. We will need them to move forward.”

This isn’t the first time Kuemper has stuck a stick to his face through a mask. On April 2, 2019, along with the Arizona Coyotes, Kuemper was helped on the ice with an eye injury after the Los Angeles Kings Center. Trevor Lewis‘ Follows the shot that slid through his cage.

“I know it happened to him once before,” Landeskog said. “And he got lucky again in the end in that it wasn’t more serious.” “It will also be a great opportunity for him to take a break and come back.”

Avalanche rests Wednesday and returns to practice on Thursday.

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