With a career .910 save percentage coupled with a 2.60 GAA, Kuemper is the perfect option to back up Jonathan Quick. Even better, he's cheap. Kuemper likely won't get many starts in the big league, mainly in back-to-back matchups. Don't be surprised if the Kings elect to bring in another goalie this offseason as well, as the backup position in LA is getting more and more important since Quick is aging and battled a groin injury last season.
Kuemper (illness) is back in the back up position for Saturday's matchup against St. Louis after missing Game 4.
The 26-year-old backstop is ready to back up Devan Dubnyk on Saturday. Kuemper's only fantasy value would stem from a poor outing by Dubnyk or an injury.
Kuemper is under the weather and will not be available to serve as the backup against St. Louis on Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Even though the Wild are trailing the Blues 3-0 in this opening round series, Kuemper was always a longshot to see the ice to begin with. For Wednesday's matchup, Alex Stalock will suit up as the No. 2 behind Devan Dubnyk.
Kuemper made 20 saves on 21 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday.
The 26-year-old has seen his fair of troubles in 2016-17, but he ended the regular season on a high note. Overall, though, this was a disappointing year. He received his fewest starts since 2012-13 and went just 8-5-3 with a .902 save percentage and 3.13 GAA. He will serve as Devan Dubnyk's backup for the 2017 postseason.
Kuemper will defend the goal for Minnesota's regular-season finale Saturday in Arizona, the Star Tribune reports.
Kuemper has had his fair share of troubles this season, but will get the opportunity to redeem himself and possibly carve out a role with the club for the postseason and beyond. Kuemper had success against the Coyotes earlier in the season, allowing one goal and posting a .964 save percentage in a win on Dec. 17, so he'll look to repeat that sort of form Saturday with Minnesota's single-season team record for wins and points on the line.