Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer will be back in net Thursday against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center.
Grubauer has gone 2-5-2 in his last nine starts and has a 2.92 goals-against average and .909 save percentage on the season. He has appeared in 27 games, including Tuesday when Colorado blew another third-period lead and lost 3-2 in overtime to the Dallas Stars.
The Avs’ other option, Pavel Francouz, has appeared in 19 games and has a 2.41 GAA and .926 SP. Francouz is 0-2-1 in his last three starts.
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As a team, the Avs have won just four of their last 14 games, losing three times beyond regulation during that stretch.
Following an optional morning skate Thursday, Avs coach Jared Bednar said he was pleased with how Grubauer played Tuesday and wants to reinforce that by giving him consecutive starts.
“I thought he competed hard, same as the rest of our team,” Bednar said. “He competed hard to find pucks in traffic, did a nice job for us — gave us a chance to win the hockey game. The difference in the hockey game, for me when I look at it, is that we didn’t capitalize on a lot of our chances. We hit the post a couple times in the third period. I thought he was doing a good job when we had breakdowns, keeping it out of our net, so we’re going to go back with him and see if he can get us a win tonight.”
Jared Bednar on this and that this morning … G Philipp Grubauer back in net vs SJS #Avs pic.twitter.com/p3l1fLujuh
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) January 16, 2020