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Darcy Kuemper eye is OK, may start Game 4

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Good news, from Jared Bednar just now: The scary right eye injury that forced Darcy Kuemper to leave Game 3 yesterday in Nashville turned out to be not a big deal.

In fact, Bednar said, Kuemper might even start Game 4 against the Predators Monday night in a potential closeout game at Bridgestone Arena.

“His eye, luckily, is fine, after further evaluation last night,” Bednar said at the Avalanche’s optional practice at Bridgestone Arena. “He’s got some swelling. He’s a possibility for tomorrow if the swelling goes down.”

For insurance, though, the Avs recalled Justus Annunen from the Colorado Eagles, which…doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me, given how Hunter Miska was/is already in Nashville. But, whatever, that’s the situation. I guess they might want Annunen as the actual backup in the game if Frankie starts, but that’s my speculation. Miska also is with the team, though – and the Colorado Eagles are in the midst of a playoff series of their own.

“We don’t know what tomorrow will bring,” Bednar said of Annunen’s recall. “If the swelling goes down, then (Kuemper) will be able to play. If it doesn’t, then he’ll be out.”

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The question is: should Kuemper play, even if he can? Or, should he get some time off and rest up more?

You never want to give the opposing team new life in a playoff series, but I would be OK if Kuemper got a night off. I think the Avs will win if Frankie is in net, as the Predators just aren’t a very good team right now. Since the second period of their final game in Arizona, Nashville has been outscored 21-6 in the last four games.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the matter…

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Christopher Nearing

Provided Darcy is truly okay, with no eye damage or related issues, my thought is you start him. If however, he’s got swelling or is not 100%, don’t.

Resting him in game 4 only makes sense if he’s hurt.

You want to close the Preds out, if possible, sooner than later. More games means more chances for injuries and giving any life to the Preds is not good.

So, keep the foot on the gas pedal and end this series in 4 games.

Last edited 17 days ago by Christopher Nearing
John Klingenstein

My sentiments exactly. If he can see fine then he should definitely play, stay sharp and just get right back at it after experiencing somthing scary like that. It’s not like it’s a groin or somthing where rest will help it heal. You can either see or you can’t. End the series as quick as possible and move on.

Adam

I disagree. Start Frankie. We can beat the Preds with Frankie in net and Kuemper will have over a week to heal before we play either the Wild or the Blues

Catatafish

Probably good to see if the eye is ok with game action. So if he can play I’d start him.

Ryan Krueger

Start Franky, give the eye a couple extra days to heal.

Casey Pond

It was not his eye it was above the right eye brow.

Neil Bergin

I’m more inclined to play Keumper if he’s able. I think Frankie can beat the Preds but Keumper is just better and I’d like to see the Avs keep their foot on the Pred’s throat.

Donald Victory

Mikko needs to step up. And Burky. If they do, Havs will win game four.

shanedogg

I agree with resting Darcy, you also put some more playoff pressure on Frankie at a low cost. If you don’t close it out tomorrow, they will at home, which I agree with you they still will close out tomorrow regardless who’s in net.

Donald Victory

I am sure Kuemper will tell the team how he feels. I suspect he wil start…

Sean Washington

Thank God!

I hear Gary Batman will be in attendance.

dudleyconrad

Sit him. Let the eye heal fully, give Frankie another game.
He could have played better yesterday and looked more confident so I like the idea of him getting a full start so he might be sharper if he’s needed again.

Casey Pond

Gary Batman needs to take a look at the play. Not that it will really matter now…

Casey Pond

I am a happy kuemper reading this good news…

Rich

Goalies don’t like, or benefit, from the days of rest like other players. If he can play, keep his reflexes sharp.
There are no free games in the playoffs, and if you can end it…you end it. Best players play. Period.

Christopher Nearing

Exactly.

Demetris Gray

He be ok. I axed his friends.

Michael Connelly

The old NFL saying goes: “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one …”

Avs have two net-minders and either could be No.1. The Boys seem to respect Franky just like Darcy. Unless Darcy is 90 pct or higher, sit him.

The four relentless waves of Avs are causing way more concern for NashvilleBillies than who’s in goal . . .

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