Kuemper yielded five goals on 17 shots from host Detroit on Tuesday, resulting in a 6-1 road loss. Kuemper was iced for 41:44 before Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet sent 23-year-old netminder Hunter Miska in to replace him. This was a highly disappointing outcome in what seemed to be a favorable on-paper matchup, but considering Kuemper is a career backup and this was his fifth straight start filling in for the injured Antti Raanta (lower body), fatigue very well could have been a factor.
Kuemper will be the road starter against the Red Wings on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports. Antti Raanta (lower body) is skating, but not quite ready to return. That will give Kuemper another start. He's been up to the task so far this year, as he has a 2.58 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven games. Raanta's next chance to return will be Thursday against the Predators, which would move Kuemper back into his, well, backup role for the Coyotes.
Kuemper turned aside 39 of 40 shots faced during Sunday's 4-1 road win over the Capitals. Kuemper redeemed himself after allowing four goals in a loss to Pittsburgh the night before and was marvelous in the face of a continued onslaught by the high-powered Capitals. The crease belongs to the 28-year-old netminder while Antti Raanta (lower body) remains sidelined, so those in need of a consistent starter should look Kuemper's way in the short term.
Kuemper will face the Capitals in Washington on Sunday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports. It's been a rough time for Kuemper while he's filled in as No. 1 goaltender with Antti Raanta (lower body) on IR. He's allowed 13 goals on 96 shots in his last three starts with a 0-2-1 record. Washington will provide another tough matchup and the 28-year-old should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Kuemper allowed four goals on 32 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Penguins on Saturday. The 28-year-old stopped Sidney Crosby on a semi-breakaway and benefitted from the Penguins hitting the post a couple times in the first period, but the Penguins eventually got to him. Kuemper has now allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts. That cold streak has dropped him to 2-3-1 with a .910 save percentage and 2.84 GAA.
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