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Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz to start in Game 3 vs. Oilers

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Jun 2, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) makes a stick save in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz will receive his second straight start against the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon.

Francouz, 32, will be making his third appearance in the series. He made 18 saves in relief of an injured Darcy Kuemper (upper body) in Colorado’s 8-6 win in Game 1 on Tuesday before turning aside all 24 shots he faced two nights later in a 4-0 victory.

Francouz is 4-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in the playoffs. He posted a 15-5-1 record with a 2.55 GAA and .916 save percentage in 21 games (18 starts) during the regular season.

Kuemper is 6-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in the current playoffs. He went 37-12-4 with five shutouts, a 2.54 GAA and .921 save percentage during 57 appearances (all starts) in the regular season.

–Field Level Media