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Pavel Francouz back in net vs. Islanders tonight, other Colorado Avalanche lineup info

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Pavel Francouz

Pavel Francouz will get the start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche tonight, in Belmont, N.Y., against the New York Islanders. Do we have a new No. 1 goalie therefore???

Well, the Avs play tomorrow night as well, in Newark against the Devils. So, one would assume Darcy Kuemper would get the start there.

But Frankie is the guy for tonight, as the Avs try to break a two-game losing streak. The Avs will be out East most of the week, so we get those 5-5:30 starts, which is always nice.

The Avs also said that Tyson Jost suffered a broken jaw after taking a puck to the face in Saturday’s game with Calgary. But, the team said, Jost will play tonight. Kurtis MacDermid will be the healthy scratch, and Darren Helm is back in.

These should be the lines:

Burakovsky-MacKinnon-Rantanen

Landeskog-Kadri-Nichushkin

Newhook-Compher-O’Connor

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Helm-Jost-Kubel

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Toews-Makar

J. Johnson-Girard

Murray-E. Johnson

Francouz

NOTEBOOK: Semyon Varlamov will start in goal, according to Isles reporter Kevin Kurz. Mat Barzal and Zdeno Chara are still out with injuries. … Avs are -195 to win at SuperBook Colorado.

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dk

I think we are all overreacting a bit to Kuemper getting pulled…

onthefly

I don’t understand why people have so much faith in Kuemper. He is mediocre at best and unproven in playoffs. Sakic is taking a huge gamble on keeping him for the playoffs.

pukface

Agree – he doesn’t appear to be the goaltender that is going to be able to get the Avs a cup. For starters he plays too deep in the crease on shot from distance. He also tends to get lost more often than others when the puck is shot past him to the boards.

ricoflashback

Enough with messing around with the top line. Sure, nice to see Burky get untracked but I’d rather see the MLM Line back together again.

Svein Lister

+1

onthefly

I actually like the new lines combo.

Ryan Krueger

Many of us (or just I) have been critical of Jost but you can’t say he isn’t a tough hockey player. I don’t recall he has ever missed a game due to injury and for a smallish player he takes some huge hits. Glad to see he will be out there tonight.

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