Determined occasions, meet determined measures: Jared Bednar isn’t against a change within the web in an try to attempt to change the Avalanche’s fortunes.
With a 5-Four setback to the San Jose Sharks late Wednesday extending the franchise’s season-high shedding skid to 6, Colorado’s coach stated he’d be open to beginning newcomer Pavel Francouz in aim, maybe as quickly as Friday night time’s go to from the New York Rangers.
“I preferred him once more (Wednesday night time),” Bednar stated of the Czech goaltender, who stopped 12 of 13 photographs in opposition to San Jose in aid of Philipp Grubauer, who was pulled from the pipes within the second interval with the Avs down 4-1. “He battles to seek out the puck. He battles to make second saves. He’s sharp and sq. and assured. I like what I see out of him, for certain.”
The Czech worldwide has but to begin for the Avs, making a pair of appearances off the bench to spell Grubauer and totaling 33 saves on 35 photographs (.943) with a 1.96 targets in opposition to common in 61 minutes of play.
“It’s actually quick; you don’t have time to suppose, simply go from the bench,” Francouz stated after Wednesday’s loss. “That’s your job as a backup goalie: (You’ve) received to be prepared each minute.”
The 28-year-old Francouz was signed from Traktor of the KHL final Might 2 and recalled from the AHL Colorado Eagles on Dec. 22, for whom he’d posted a 13-7-2 document with a 2.65 targets in opposition to common and a .919 save proportion.
With Semyon Varlamov shelved with an harm, Bednar’s Plan B, Grubauer, has surrendered at the least three targets in three of his final seven appearances courting again to Dec. 11 and has gotten the hook from Bednar twice in his final three begins.