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Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Makes relief appearance
Francouz stopped nine of 10 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 3.
Francouz played the last half of the game after the Lightning took a commanding three-goal lead in the second period. The 32-year-old won't take a loss for this one, keeping his 6-0 playoff record intact. He's allowed 16 goals on 170 shots in seven appearances, good for a .906 save percentage. The Avalanche haven't announced which of their goalies will get the starting nod in Wednesday's Game 4.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Picks up another win
Francouz stopped 30 of 35 shots in Monday's 6-5 overtime win over the Oilers in Game 4.
Francouz allowed as many goals Monday as he had in his first three combined appearances in the series, so this was far from his best effort. The Avalanche's offense bailed him out from a pair of two-goal deficits, and Artturi Lehkonen knocked in the game-winning goal just 1:19 into overtime. Despite the shaky play, Francouz remains undefeated in the postseason, winning all six of his games with 15 goals allowed on 160 shots. Darcy Kuemper (upper body) was healthy enough to back Francouz up Monday, and with another lengthy rest after the Avalanche's second sweep in three series this year, it seems likely the former will be in goal for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Starting Game 4
Francouz will be stationed between the pipes for Game 4 in Edmonton on Monday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
The 32-year-old will start his third straight game but Darcy Kuemper (upper body) is expected to dress as the backup. Francouz is 3-0 this series with a terrific .932 save percentage. Win or lose, Kuemper will likely take over for Francouz in Colorado's next game.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Delivers another win Saturday
Francouz stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Oilers in Game 3.
Francouz made a second straight start with Darcy Kuemper (upper body) still unavailable. The Oilers got a goal from Connor McDavid in the opening minute, but Francouz was solid after that, allowing just one other tally to Ryan McLeod while the Avalanche continued to pace the game. Francouz is now 5-0 in the playoffs with 10 goals allowed on 125 shots. He'll likely have a chance to clinch the series Monday in Game 4, though Kuemper attended Saturday's morning skate and could be an option to start in goal if his recovery progresses quickly in the next couple of days.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Back in net for Game 3
Francouz will start Saturday's Game 3 in Edmonton, per Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca.
Francouz will guard the net in Game 3 with Darcy Kuemper (upper body) still sidelined. The 32-year-old netminder was excellent Thursday, posting a 24-save shutout as the Avalanche took a 2-0 series lead. Francouz has a .917 save percentage with a 2.48 GAA in four appearances this postseason.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Earns shutout in Game 2
Francouz posted a 24-save shutout in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Oilers in Game 2.
Filling in for the injured Darcy Kuemper (upper body), Francouz showed the Avalanche are in good hands. The Oilers' offense had little answer for the Avalanche's puck-possession game, which made it it easier for Francouz to earn the shutout. As long as Kuemper is out, Francouz figures to hold down a starting role. He's earned wins in both of his road playoff outings this year, both of which came in Nashville in the first round.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: In goal Thursday
Francouz will get the starting nod at home versus the Oilers in Game 2 on Thursday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Francouz will step into the crease for the injured Darcy Kuemper (upper body) who will not be available for Game 2. During his relief appearance in Game 1, the 31-year-old Francouz stopped 18 of 21 shots in a winning effort. The Czech netminder figures to continue facing significant pressure from the vaunted Edmonton offense heading into Thursday's tilt.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Earns win in relief of Kuemper
Francouz allowed three goals on 18 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper (upper body) in an 8-6 win over the Oilers in Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Kuemper left the contest in the second period with the Avalanche leading 6-3. Francouz stepped in and performed fairly well, though the Oilers' late push got them within a goal before it was over. In three playoff outings (two relief appearances), Francouz has three wins, but he's yielded eight goals on 72 shots. Until more information is known on Kuemper's injury, it's tough to tell which goalie will man the net for the Avalanche in Thursday's Game 2.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Finishes off sweep
Francouz stopped 28 of 31 shots in Monday's 5-3 win over the Predators in Game 4.
Darcy Kuemper (eye) wasn't available Monday, but Francouz was able to step in and get the Avalanche's fourth win in as many games to sweep the Predators. The backup netminder has allowed five goals on 51 shots across two postseason appearances. With most of the other first-round series around the league close, the Avalanche could have as much as a week off before their next game. That bodes well for Kuemper's availability, which would send Francouz back to the bench once the former is cleared to play.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Called upon for Game 4
Francouz will defend the cage for Game 4 on the road versus Nashville on Monday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Francouz picked up the official win in Game 3 after replacing Darcy Kuemper (eye) and stopping 18 of 20 shots on net. During the regular season, Fancouz was a solid No. 2 option for the Avs, posting a 15-5-1 record with two shutouts and a 2.55 GAA. Now, the 31-year-old backstop will have to carry the load for Colorado, at least until Kuemper is cleared to return.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Thrust into action in relief
Francouz stopped 18 of 20 shots in relief Saturday in a 7-3 win over the Predators in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round.
He was thrust into the game when starter Darcy Kuemper suffered an eye injury in the last minute of the first period. Francouz allowed a power-play goal to Eeli Tolvanen on a one-timer from the left circle at 5:41 of the second. Then another power-play goal got past him at 12:54 of the same frame on a one-timer by Roman Josi. No fault there -- Francouz was completely screened. Thankfully, Kuemper's injury isn't considered to be severe and the Avs haven't ruled him out for Game 4 on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Allows three goals in loss
Francouz stopped 18 of 21 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Wild.
Francouz struggled in his first start in four games as the Avs rested some key starters. The 31-year-old netminder finishes the season with a 15-5-1 record and a .916 save percentage. Francouz will continue to back up Darcy Kuemper as the Avs prepare to take on Nashville in the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Gets nod for season finale
Francouz will start Friday's season finale in Minnesota, Jessi Pierce of NHL.com reports.
With Colorado likely to rest some key players in preparation for the playoffs and Minnesota still battling for home-ice advantage in the first round, Francouz could have the ice tilted against him in this one. That would be an unusual position for a Colorado goalie and one that makes Francouz tough to trust as a fantasy option here despite his 15-4-1 record, 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Back on ice Sunday
Francouz (head) participated in Sunday's morning skate, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Francouz took a puck to the head Friday, so it's good to see him back on the ice so soon. Colorado has yet to name a starting goalie between Francouz and Darcy Kuemper for Sunday's game against the Jets, but Francouz should be available to play if called upon.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Exits Friday's game
Francouz (head) will not return to the bench during Friday's game against Edmonton, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Francouz took a puck to the head while he was on the bench and will not be available for the rest of the game. The Avalanche will need to promote a goalie for Sunday's clash with Winnipeg if the 31-year-old isn't available by then.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Winning streak snapped
Francouz allowed three goals on 29 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Kraken.
The Avalanche were sluggish, allowing the Kraken to score the first three goals in the game. They tried to catch up, and Francouz provided solid goaltending in the final 40 minutes, but his winning streak was ended at six games. The 31-year-old netminder is now at 15-4-1 with a 2.52 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 20 appearances. He's been starting every third game lately, so that would put him on track to play Tuesday versus the Blues unless the Avalanche want to get Darcy Kuemper into a rhythm before the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Starting in Seattle
Francouz will guard the road goal during Wednesday's matchup with the Kraken, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Francouz was excellent in his last start Thursday versus New Jersey, turning aside 26 of 27 shots en route to a 3-1 victory. He'll attempt to extend his personal winning streak to seven games in a favorable road matchup with a Seattle squad that's only averaging 2.61 goals per game at home this year, 29th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Picks up easy win
Francouz stopped 26 of 27 shots in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Devils.
Francouz's shutout bid was spoiled by Jesper Bratt in the third period, but that was all he allowed to the Devils. This was Francouz's sixth straight win, though his playing time remains limited to one of every three games for the Avalanche over the last month. He's at 15-3-1 with a 2.49 GAA and a .919 save percentage in 19 appearances. Assuming the recent workload pattern holds, Francouz is lined up for a start versus the Kraken next Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
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