Kuemper (eye) stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday. Kuemper was questionable entering the day, but was able to play. Unfortunately, a 3-2 overtime win by the Avalanche over the Jets ended the Coyotes' playoff hopes despite Kuemper's heroics. He improved to 27-20-8 with a 2.33 GAA and a .925 save percentage, and his strong performance in the second half of the season (15-9-4 record, 2.08 GAA, .933 save percentage) gives the Coyotes a tough choice between Kuemper and Antti Raanta (lower body) in goal entering next season.
Kuemper (eye) will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Danny Webster reports. Kuemper was forced to exit Tuesday's 3-1 loss to LA after getting poked in the eye with a stick, but his injury clearly wasn't overly serious. The 28-year-old netminder will look to keep the Coyotes' playoff hopes alive by picking up his 27th win of the campaign in a tough road matchup with a Vegas team that's 24-11-5 at home this season.
Kuemper won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Kings due to an upper-body injury. Seconds after allowing a goal to the Kings, a Kings skater's stick went through Kuemper's mask, forcing him from the game. This is awful news for the Coyotes who are fighting for a playoff spot, and they've been leaning on Kuemper in the process, as this was his 21st straight start. Calvin Pickard replaced him and will be the starter moving forward if Kumeper's injury lingers.
Kuemper will start in the home net versus the Kings on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports. Arizona is still clinging to its playoffs hopes with three games to go in the regular season. According to sportsclubstats.com, the 'Yotes have a chance a 24-percent chance of extending their 2018-19 campaign. Kuemper is thus our "best guess" starter as long as this team has a mathematical chance of claiming a wild-card spot out of the Western Conference. Kuemper has a favorable matchup ahead, with the Kings ranking 30th in the league offensively by means of averaging 2.39 goals per game.
Kuemper stopped all 36 shots he faced against the Wild on Sunday to pick up the win in a 4-0 victory. The shutout was Kuemper's fifth of the season and second in his last three games, pushing the Coyotes closer to the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are a point behind Colorado, albeit with one less game to play.
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