The Colorado Avalanche have experienced up and down goaltending during the 2019-2020 season. You can’t say the goaltending has been a liability for the team. Every net-minder the Avalanche has placed in net has played well enough. Considering the team has dealt with goaltender injuries multiple times this season the consistent play has been a saving grace.
Injuries has derailed the consistency for the Avalanche’s goaltending situation. Grubauer, the teams supposed number one, has missed multiple stretches of games due to injury. The teams backup goaltender, Pavel Francouz, has also missed a few games due to injury. The backup for the backup when Francouz was injured, Adam Werner, posted a combined shutout. The Avalanche have, for the most part, been blessed with solid goaltending. Being blessed with solid goaltending hasn’t saved the Avalanche from goalie controversy though.
Blessed with solid goaltending isn’t enough. Sometimes a team has to be lucky when it comes to injuries to avoid controversy. Due to the injuries the Avalanche goaltenders have endured the team has been forced to play the backup more and more. That backup has stepped up in a huge way. So much so that controversy is bound to arise soon.
Tied for second in the NHL for wins in the month of February. Third in the NHL for save percentage and fifth in goals allowed average. Absolutely electric stats. Francouz was named the first star of the week for the week of February 17th. The guy picked up 3 wins and an overtime loss, he also recorded his first career shutout. That’s the kind of performance that earns a player a starting role. I’ve been gassing up Francouz for a while now. I think he deserves the starting role.
I loved Franky from the get go. The man plays with an extremely calm nature that oozes confidence. The attitude Francouz exhibits in net is backed up by his phenomenal play. Hi