Morning Skate Diary
Darcy Kuemper Not At Avalanche Morning Skate; Francouz Likely Starter *Updated
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.
Darcy Kuemper officially out for tonight. Francouz the starter. Jared Bednar won't say any more
— Adrian Dater (@adater) June 2, 2022
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.