Darcy Kuemper injury details: Avalanche goaltender 'doing well', but won't play Game 4 vs. Predators

The Avalanche have a chance to close out their first-round series against the Predators Monday night, but they will have to do it with their starting goaltender in net. 

After leaving Game 3 with an eye injury, Darcy Kuemper is "doing better", but it will be Pavel Francouz in net for Game 4, according to coach Jared Bednar. 

On Saturday, the toe of Ryan Johansen's stick got caught in Kuemper's mask and hit the goaltender in the eye. He left the game and did not return. 

Pavel Francouz came in to replace Kuemper, making nine saves on 10 shots en route to Colorado's 7-3 victory in Game 3. 

After the game Saturday, Bednar said Kuemper was dealing with "some swelling" but didn't believe the injury was serious. Yesterday, the coach said Kuemper was potentially "an option" for Monday's contest, but the swelling is still there. 

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The 32-year-old is in his first year with the Avalanche. He had a sensational regular season in Denver during the regular season, going 37-12-4 with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 SV%. 

During the 2022 postseason, he has allowed just four goals on 61 shots, grabbing wins in Game 1 and Game 2. 

Who will be the Avalanche's goalie if Kuemper can't play?

With Kuemper is unable to return for Game 4, Colorado will turn to backup Francouz. 

The 31-year-old made 15 starts during the regular season, compiling a record of 15-5-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .916 SV%. 

In his career, he's made five starts in the playoffs with seven appearances, including the game on Saturday. He has a record of 3-4-0, a GAA of 3.20 and a SV% of .893.     

"We’re hopeful on (Kuemper), for sure, but if (Francouz) is our guy, we’re ready to go to battle for him," defenseman Devon Toews said after the Game 3 win

What time is Game 4 of the Avalanche-Predators series?

Colorado has a chance at a first-round sweep as the team takes a 3-0 series lead into Game 4. 

Puckdrop is set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday. 

Monday, May 9

GameMatchupTime (ET)TV channel (U.S.)TV channel (Canada)
Game 4Predators vs. Avalanche9:30 p.m.ESPNSN1
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Bryan Murphy is an NHL Content Producer for The Sporting News. He previously worked at NBC Sports and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.