Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz is injured again. He went down in pain midway through Tuesday’s 7-4 preseason loss to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights with another lower-body injury, Colorado coach Jared Bednar said in his postgame press conference.
Bednar doesn’t know the severity of the injury but said it’s not to his surgically repaired hips, which is why he missed all of last season. Francouz also finished the 2019-20 season on injured reserve, after suffering hip and knee injuries in the playoffs.
Francouz, who stopped 13-of-15 shots and was scheduled to play the entire game Tuesday, was replaced by Jonas Johansson, who is No. 3 on the depth chart. Johansson allowed four goals on the first 10 shots he faced. The Knights’ final goal was an empty-netter.
“Tough situation. I know he wasn’t expecting to go in,” Bednar said of Johansson. “Frankie was supposed to play the whole night. (Johansson) worked hard this morning on the ice with the practice group. Probably not mentally prepared as much as he could be as a backup goalie. We gave up way too many chances tonight, too, so it wasn’t easy for him.”
Francouz’s injury occurred during a Vegas offensive sequence. He fell to his stomach on the ice and tried to alert referee Cody Beach that he was injured and he was looking for a whistle. But Beach didn’t blow the whistle until Francouz, who is from the Czech Republic, regained his composure and made a save for the stoppage.
“I would have liked to see him blow it down, but the ref said he was trying to communicate with Frankie, and a little bit of language barrier. He didn’t understand,” Bednar said. “It looked like he was kind of waving him off. Frankie was kind of pointing to his leg to say he was hurt. So there was some miscommunication.”
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