Kuemper surrendered three goals on 32 shots during Monday's 4-1 loss to San Jose.
This was Kuemper's first start since Dec. 16, and he's now allowed 10 goals through his previous three outings. The backup sports a 5-1-3 record, .931 save percentage and 2.21 GAA for the campaign, so overall, he's been solid when called upon. However, starting sparingly limits his value, and his recent form is more in line with his career numbers than his excellent start to the season. Kuemper remains a matchup-based option and potential handcuff to Los Angeles No. 1 Jonathan Quick in deep seasonal settings.
Kuemper is getting the surprise home start against the Sharks on Monday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
It was unexpected that Jonathan Quick didn't get the call against the Kings' in-state rivals, as Kuemper has only appeared in 10 contests thus far. However, the 27-year-old has played well when called upon, as he has a 2.11 GAA and a .934 save percentage. San Jose has only scored 2.60 goals per game on the road, so maybe things will work out for Kuemper and the Kings.
Kuemper made 29 stops, but couldn't brick up the net in overtime in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.
The Isles scored on a nifty 2-on-1 in OT that went glove side top cheddar -- Kuemper had no chance on the shot. He goes between near-perfect performances and ones where he allows three or four goals. Still, Kuemper's stats are outstanding, so he's a decent play in daily formats when he's in the blue paint.
Kuemper has been designated as the road starter versus the Islanders on Saturday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
This will be a stiff test against an Islanders club that ranks second in the league in both shooting percentage (11.3) and goals per game (3.50). However, Kuemper's been tremendous in limited action, fashioning a 1.88 GAA and .941 save percentage as the understudy to Jonathan Quick for the Kings.
Kuemper made 37 saves in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against Ottawa.
Both netminders were busy in this one, with the teams combining for 77 shots in regulation before Drew Doughty ended it on the first shot of overtime. Kuemper's taken advantage of Los Angeles' rock-solid defensive infrastructure when starter Jonathan Quick has needed a breather. The backup's 5-0-2 with a 1.88 GAA and .941 save percentage, and Kuemper deserves serious consideration in daily formats whenever he mans the crease.