Top 3 key Capitals to watch against Avalanche

Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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#1 Darcy Kuemper

The number one player to watch tonight is Darcy Kuemper as he faces the offensive weapons from his old team, well minus Andre Burakovsky. Kuemper will look to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights from Saturday night, a game in which he was pulled.

Kuemper posted a record of 37-12-4 with a 2.54 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, ranking tied for fourth in the NHL in wins and shutouts with five while ranking fifth in save percentage.

He currently leads the NHL in shutouts this season with five, matching last season’s number. One more passes it.

He also started in 16 of Colorado’s 20 playoff games, going 10-4 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. In six Stanley Cup Final games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kuemper went 4-2 with a 2.45 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with one shutout.

In 31 games this season, Kuemper has a record of 14-12-4 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Dating back to Nov. 23, Kuemper has posted a record of 9-3-3 with four shutouts, a 2.29 goals against average, and a .925 save percentage in his last 16 starts.

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Kuemper has been a home run of an upgrade at goalie and we thank the Colorado Avalanche for putting him on the market.