DENVER (AP) — Nearly a week later and the swelling around Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper's right eye has subsided.
He knows it could've been worse after the stick blade of Nashville center Ryan Johansen slipped through the protective bars on Kuemper's mask and poked him around the eyelid during Game 3 on May 7.
It's the second time a stick has caught Kuemper through his mask over his NHL career. He has no plans on changing his goalie mask.
Kuemper will be back in net when the Avalanche begin their second-round series against St. Louis.
The schedule has been released for Round 2. The Avs and Blues will kick off the series on Tuesday at Ball Arena.
- Game 1 – Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Ball Arena
- Game 2 – Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Ball Arena
- Game 3 – Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at Enterprise Center
- Game 4 – Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Enterprise Center
- Game 5 – Wednesday, May 25 at Ball Arena, TBD *if necessary
- Game 6 – Friday, May 27 at Enterprise Center TBD *if necessary
- Game 7 – Sunday, May 29 at Ball Arena TBD *if necessary