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Avs face pivotal Game 3 tonight vs. Stars

As The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers wrote, if history is a guide, then the Avalanche’s current 2-0 series deficit to the Stars could prove fatal. Colorado has trailed 2-0 in a series five times previously, and only once have they managed to comeback and win.

That one time was in the 1999 Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Colorado won the ensuing four games to eliminate Detroit. The next four times the Avs fell behind 2-0 they would lose the series.

As Chambers also wrote though, what happened to previous Colorado teams has no bearing on this year’s team. And not only that, with the Stanley Cup playoffs taking place in a bubble this year, and home-ice advantage simply being a matter of who gets the final line change, things are definitely different right now.

Francouz needs to step up

With regular starting goalie Philipp Grubauer out indefinitely, if the Avs are going to rally they’ll need Pavel Francouz to improve his play in net.

“This is something I’ve always dreamed about, so it’s a huge chance for me. It depends on me how I take this responsibility and help the team to win four more games.”

Francouz said of the opportunity to lead the Avs in net.

While losing Grubauer definitely was a big blow for Colorado, the reality is Francouz started 31 games during the regular season and led the team with 21 wins. His save percentage of .923 was fifth overall in the NHL and his goals-against average of 2.41 was seventh best, making him the first Avs goalie to finish in the Top 10 of both since David Aebischer in 2003-2004.

Avs head coach Jared Bednar was straight to the point when addressing Francouz’s play in net, saying:

“Frankie is going to have to get the job done.”

If Colorado is going to come back in its Western Conference semifinals series against Dallas it start tonight with Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN).

One-timers

  • In news around the NHL on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a six-player trade. The Penguins acquired Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg and Jesper Lindgren, while the Maple Leafs received Evan Rodrigues, Filip Hallander, David Warsofsky and the Penguins first-round pick (No. 15) in this year’s draft.

Avalanche-Stars results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Dallas 5, Colorado 3Box score
Game 2Dallas 5, Colorado 2Box score
Game 3Colorado 6, Dallas 4Box score
Game 4Dallas 5, Colorado 4Box score
Game 5Colorado 6, Dallas 3Box score
Game 6Colorado 4, Dallas 1Box score
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
DateTime (MT)Home teamTV
Fri., Sept. 42 p.m.ColoradoUSA
All games played at Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

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