Kuemper allowed six goals on 30 shots in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Colorado in Game 5.
While it took Colorado 60 minutes to officially eliminate the Coyotes, this one was all over in the first period. The Avalanche beat Kuemper three times in the opening frame and three more times in the second period, sending him to the bench after 40 minutes. It was a brutal end to the postseason for Kuemper, who gave up 10 goals over the last two games after making 37-plus stops in five of his first seven playoff starts.
Kuemper will start between the pipes in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Avalanche, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Kuemper was hung out to dry by his teammates in Game 4, surrendering four goals on 22 shots as the Avalanche dominated the Coyotes before being replaced by Antti Raanta for the final frame of the eventual 7-1 loss. The 30-year-old backstop will need his comrades to perform far better in front of him Wednesday in order to have any shot at picking up his fifth win of the postseason.
Kuemper made 18 saves on 22 shots Monday before being replaced by Antti Raanta to begin the third period during the Coyotes 7-1 loss to the Avalanche in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Neither goalie can be faulted for this result, as the Arizona defense was AWOL all game. Both Kuemper and Raanta faced a parade of unhindered rushes by Colorado players, and even if they were able to make the initial stop, there was usually an Avs forward camped on their doorstep to whack home the rebound. With the Coyotes facing elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday it's not clear who will get the nod in net, but Kuemper, who still has a .924 save percentage this postseason despite facing over 300 shots through eight games, likely gives the team its best chance at survival.
Kuemper will guard the crease for Monday's Game 4 tilt with Colorado, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Kuemper is coming off a strong 49-save victory in Game 3 to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the series. The 6-foot-5 netminder owns a 2.70 GAA and .933 save percentage in seven games since returning to action this month.
Kuemper made 49 saves in a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Game 3.
It was a busy night for the netminder. Kuemper tied a career record for saves for a single game, and his teammates blocked another 27 shots. He made 20 saves in the first period alone to set a franchise record for most in a playoff period. Kuemper delivered Vezina-quality play early in the regular season, only to be felled by injury. At this point, the Desert Dawgs need more Vezina-worthy efforts to haul in the speedy Avalanche. The Avs lead the series 2-1.
Kuemper will defend the blue paint during Saturday's Game 3 versus Colorado, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
Kuemper wasn't great in Game 2, surrendering three goals on 28 shots en route to a 3-2 defeat, but he still owns a .926 save percentage through the Coyotes' first six games of the playoffs, so it isn't surprising to see him back in goal for a pivotal Game 3. He'll try to slow down an Avalanche attack that could be without Joonas Donskoi (undisclosed) and Vladislav Namestnikov (undisclosed) on Saturday.
Kuemper stopped 25 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche during Game 2 of their first-round series.
This was the lowest volume of shots Kuemper has seen all postseason, but the improved defensive effort in front of him didn't translate into a win. The Coyotes now find themselves in an 0-2 hole in the series, and while that's far from Kuemper's fault -- the 30-year-old netminder has a .926 save percentage through six playoff starts -- he may need to find a way to steal a win during Game 3 on Saturday to get his club back in it.
Kuemper will be between the pipes for Game 2 versus the Avalanche on Friday.
Kuemper faced a barrage of rubber in Game 1, stopping 37 of 40 shots on goal, but he was still handed a defeat. The netminder has faced 40 or more shots in four of his five playoff appearances and should be in line for a similar workload Friday. Even if he can't secure a win, Kuemper could provide solid fantasy value given the number of saves he could rack up.
Kuemper stopped 37 shots in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Avalanche during Game 1.
Per usual, the Arizona defense allowed its netminder to see a lot of rubber, and while Kuemper carried a shutout into the third period, the dam finally broke when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with less than seven minutes left. Kuemper still has a strong .931 save percentage through four playoff games, but the Coyotes will need to start supporting him with some offense of his efforts aren't going to go to waste.
Kuemper will be in goal for Game 1 versus Colorado on Wednesday, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
In four games against the Predators, Kuemper went 3-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .933 save percentage, including a 49-save victory in Game 4. In his only other clash with the Avs, Kuemper put together a phenomenal 33-save shutout performance and will look to carry that momentum into the series.
Kuemper made 49 saves during Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Predators in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier.
Arizona's defense once again didn't make it easy -- it was the third time in the series he had to face at least 40 shots -- but Kuemper turned in another huge performance to send the club into the next round of the playoffs. The 30-year-old netminder posted a career-best 2.22 GAA and .928 save percentage during the regular season and remains locked into the No. 1 spot for the Coyotes as they wait for the outcome of the round-robin seeding games to find out who they'll face.
Kuemper will patrol the crease for Friday's Game 4 matchup with Nashville, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
After giving up seven goals on 71 shots through the first two games of the series, Kuemper dominated Game 3 by stopping 39 of 40 shots. The netminder figures to continue racking up plenty of saves, which makes him an intriguing DFS option even if he doesn't come away with the win.
Kuemper stopped 39 shots during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Predators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Nashville threw everything but the kitchen sink at Kuemper, but the 30-year-old stood tall with only Viktor Arvidsson getting a puck past him. He'll look to stay strong in Game 4 on Friday with a chance to advance to the next round on the line.
Kuemper made 24 saves during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Predators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The 30-year-old netminder was a lot less busy than he'd been in Game 1, but Kuemper also wasn't as sharp and seemed to be fighting the puck much of the game. With Antti Raanta (undisclosed) unavailable, Kuemper has already been named the starter for Game 3 on Wednesday, per John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Phoenix, despite his lackluster performance.
Kuemper will patrol the crease for Game 2 against the Predators on Tuesday, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
Kuemper earned the Game 1 victory against Nashville on Sunday, allowing three goals on 43 shots. The 30-year-old looks to be the clear No. 1 netminder in Arizona but could get a break for the second night of the back-to-back slate Wednesday.
Kuemper turned away 40 of 43 shots in Sunday's 4-3 win over Nashville in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Kuemper was particularly busy during the third period, making 18 of his 40 saves in the face of a Nashville comeback attempt. The 30-year-old picked up right where he had left off during the regular season, when he went 16-11-2 with a 2.22 GAA and .928 save percentage for the Coyotes. He will almost certainly draw the Game 2 starting assignment Tuesday.
Kuemper is the confirmed started for Sunday's Game 1 against Nashville, Thomas Drance of The Athletic reports.
This was all but guaranteed barring some type of injury setback, as Kuemper was a stabilizing force this season in the desert (.928 save percentage, 2.22 GAA). He's fared similarly well against Nashville across nine career appearances (.920, 2.39) and will look for his first playoff victory since he went 3-1 in 2013-14 with Minnesota.
Kuemper will start and play two periods in Thursday's exhibition game against the Golden Knights, Richie Flores of Fox Sports 910 reports.
The fact that Kuemper will be playing two full periods while Antti Raanta will only get the final frame all but confirms the Coyotes are planning on rolling with Kuemper during their qualifying round series against the Predators. The 30-year-old netminder missed two months of action due to a lower-body injury during the regular season, but he was fantastic when healthy, compiling a 16-11-2 record while posting a 2.22 GAA and .928 save percentage in 29 appearances.
Kuemper stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on Monday.
Kuemper was staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of first-period goals by Nick Schmaltz, but the Jets came storming back in the game's final 40 minutes. Kuemper owns a rock-solid .924 save percentage in four appearances since returning from a lower-body injury, but he's won just one of those four starts.
Kuemper will defend the cage on the road versus Winnipeg on Monday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Kuemper has put together middling results since returning from a lower-body injury, as he has posted a 1-2-0 record, 2.37 GAA and .929 save percentage in his last three outings. If the netminder continues to struggle, coach Rick Tocchet could opt to give a few extra starts Antti Raanta's way down the stretch in order to help secure a playoff spot.
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|08/19||@ COL||L 1-7||1||6||24||30|
|08/17||vs COL||L 1-7||1||4||18||22|
|08/15||vs COL||W 4-2||1||2||49||51|
|08/14||@ COL||L 2-3||1||3||25||28|
|08/12||@ COL||L 0-3||1||3||37||40|
|08/07||vs NSH||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||49||52|
|08/05||vs NSH||W 4-1||1||1||39||40|
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