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Darcy Kuemper Not At Avalanche Morning Skate; Francouz Likely Starter *Updated



Pavel Francouz of the Colorado Avalanche

No Darcy Kuemper for the morning skate at Ball Arena, on this Game Day for the Colorado Avalanche. It appears as if Pavel Francouz is your starter for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

Francouz has an .889 save percentage so far in the postseason, with a 3.59 goals-against average. Those are the worst numbers of any remaining goalie in the playoffs. He’s also had a smaller sample size than the other too, though.

Justus Annunen is out there and will be your backup tonight if Kuemper can’t dress.

We’ll see what Jared Bednar says after the skate, and this story will be updated.


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Bednar on Frankie: “We’re completely confident he can get the job done.”

Also: Andre Burakovsky did not participate in the morning skate. Jared Bednar wouldn’t comment on him, or any other lineup stuff. Burakovsky limped off the ice in Game 1 (though he later returned) after blocking a shot. Gabe Landeskog did not participate either, but that’s been par for the course most of the playoffs.

The “late” skaters after others had left: Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermid and Nico Sturm.

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Donald Victory

Farcy to Frankie. TIme to crack down on defense. What about the Oil goalie? Smith?


Yeah, sounds like they’re sticking with Smith tonight.


Stand tall Frankie!

Peter North

So out goes the larger, less square, poor rebound control and bad gloved, and in comes the smallish goalies, opposite glove hand, better at rebound control, and better glove. Good to have they opposite effect. Bednar better solve the leaky defense…

Go Spfrakie~

Last edited 5 months ago by Peter North

At this point I don’t have much confidence in either tendy. I’m pretty sure their numbers will end up being similar after the P/Os are done.

I’m having an odd feeling of apathy (or absence of anxiety?) about the team since last round. It’s really weird and I can’t quite explain why…it’s both uncomfortable and slightly alarming.

Aaron Rud

I know. I’m the same way. It’s strange.

Charlie Anderson

me as well


It’s because they got past the Blues who’re way more dangerous and anxiety-inducing than this oilers team. I honestly didn’t think the Avs were gone make it out of the 2nd round.

Glendon Gulliver

Francouz and the Avs will do fine if they play good defense. The Avs must continue the good forecheck and must do a better job clearing the puck out of their own end. My guess is that Aube-Kubel will be on the 3rd line with Compher and Newhook. They have to continue to bring good energy and bottom six scoring. The Avs must play the last several minutes of each period as hard as they can. They need to stop any momentum the opposing team has going into a break. You want the opposing team going into the break or… Read more »

Peter North

NAK over Burky? Or Burky over LOC? Or Cogs?

Donald Victory

Burky hurt.

Charlie Anderson

Sounds like Bura’s going to miss a few :/

Glendon Gulliver

I don’t think Burakovsky will play because of his leg. I think Aube-Kubel will take his place. Just my guess.


In these playoffs the bottom 6 have been far better when Bura has been out then when he has played

Peter North

We shall soon fing out if Frankie is the real deal! Hope so…

Denis Lemieux

Look like eeeeee izzzz

Casey Pond

If Landeskog did not practice, perhaps he was watching video of his many mistakes?

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