Darcy Kuemper injury details: Latest updates on the Avalanche goaltender's status for Game 2 - Fix Bdsthanhhoavn

Darcy Kuemper injury details: Latest updates on the Avalanche goaltender’s status for Game 2

For the second time this postseason, the Avalanche might have to turn to backup goaltender Pavel Francouz to start a game. 

Starter Darcy Kuemper left during the second period of Tuesday’s crazy 8-6 win over the Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. He appeared to go over to the bench, talk to coach Jared Bednar and leave the ice. 

The team later announced that he had a lower-body injury and was “doubtful” to return. 

Kuemper left the game having allowed three goals on 16 shots before he was forced out with the injury. Francouz came into the game in relief of the starter, allowing three goals on 21 shots, but was able to help the team secure the win. 

Kuemper’s status going forward remains up in the air, but he’s been a key part to Colorado’s run to the Western Conference Final. He’s 6-2 this postseason in 10 starts with a 2.65 GAA and a .897 save percentage. 

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When will Darcy Kuemper return?

The timetable for a Kuemper return is still unknown at this point.

Bednar said after Game 1 that he did not have an update and that the team would wait and see if Kuemper was available for Game 2. 

He followed that up on Wednesday with another vague answer, saying that while it’s a possibility he could return for tomorrow’s Game 2, he also doesn’t know how long he’s out for. 

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Who is the starting goaltender for the Avalanche in Game 2?

If Kuemper is out for Game 2, the Avs will have to turn to Francouz to start Game 2. 

It’s not the first time the Czech goaltender will be called upon by the Avs this postseason. When Kuemper was hurt in Game 3 of the Predators series, Francouz came in and was able to secure a victory in that contest. He also got the start in Game 4, stopping 28 of 31 shots against and grabbing the series-clinching win. 

In his career, Francouz has nine appearances in the playoffs with six starts, compiling a record of 5-4 with a 3.34 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. 

When do the Avalanche and Oilers play next?

Game 2 of the Avalanche-Oilers series is Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver.

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the game nationally on TNT. The Canadian audience can view the game on Sportsnet. 

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel (U.S.) TV channel (Canada)
Game 2 Avalanche vs. Oilers 8 p.m. TNT Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports

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