Darcy Kuemper, Colorado Avalanche goalie is available for Game 2 vs. Edmonton Oilers

DENVER — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper Coach Jared Bednar confirmed on Thursday that Jared Bednar had informed him that he was out of Game 2 of the Western Conference Final due to an upper-body injury.

Backup Pavel Francouz Kuemper's Place will be the starting point on Thursday night as the Avalanche take the best of seven series lead after winning the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 in game 1.

Kuemper exited Game 1 in the second period Francouz replaced him. Kuemper has not been provided any further information by Bednar, including when he expects him to be out.

Colorado was carried by the veteran all season long, with 37-12-4 wins and a.921 save%. Francouz was a strong complement to him, posting stats of 15-5-1 and.916SV%.

Kuemper is now suffering from his second playoff injury. He was ejected in Game 3 of Colorado’s first-round sweep. Nashville after Predators' forward Ryan Johansen With a stick, he struck him in his eye. Francouz posted a.902 save rate and 2.97 goals against an average to complete the series.

Kuemper was back to face the St. Louis Blues He was eliminated in round 2 and now has a solid playoff record of 6-2-0 with a 2.44 GAA and a.904SV%. Before leaving Game 1, he saved 13 shots.

It's not known how long Kuemper won't be available, but Bednar isn’t concerned about Francouz taking the reins.

Froncouz is someone we have confidence in, Bednar stated after Thursday's morning-skate. “He has been great for us the last few seasons. He was able to step in and do a fantastic job for us during the Nashville series. He was very helpful and professional when he arrived the other night. We are confident that he will be able to complete the task.

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