Pavel Francouz Looks To Be Out Cold After Mark Scheifele Runs Into Avalanche’s Netminder


  • Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz was injured in the first period Tuesday night against the Jets and did not return.
  • Adam Werner replaced Francouz in net in a 4-0 victory.
  • The injury occurred less than one minute into the game when Winnipeg first-line center Mark Scheifele was bumped by defenseman Sam Girard deep in the Colorado zone and collided with Francouz, who laid motionless on his back for several moments while being attended by athletic trainers.
  • He later skated off the ice with assistance.
  • The Avalanche did not have an official health update or return timetable for Francouz after the game.
  • “I haven’t talked with the trainers yet,” coach Jared Bednar said. “I just got word on the bench he wasn’t coming back.”
  • Added defenseman Ryan Graves: “I’ve seen (Francouz) walking around and it seems he’s doing OK.”
  • Francouz had started the previous two games in place of injured Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Grubauer made the trip to Winnipeg but did not replace Franouz in net on Tuesday.
  • Werner, recalled last week from the AHL-affiliate Eagles, made his NHL debut in filling in for Francouz. The 22-year-old goalie had a .908 save percentage over nine starts with a 5-4-0 record this season prior to joining the Avalanche.
Werner makes 40 saves in debut, Avalanche shut out Jets
  • Adam Werner made 40 saves in his NHL debut for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

“You need to have a dream, and a big dream out there, and work for it and be prepared if something happened,” Werner said. “I had a pretty great start there, an easy shot, and I get a feel for the puck. The guys helped me so much, so it was a nice game to play for me.”

  • Werner replaced Pavel Francouz 31 seconds into the game after the starting goalie was injured in a collision in his crease with Jets center Mark Scheifele.

“Of course, there’s some nerves,” Werner said. “But you just get in there in a short time, and I guess I just tried to have fun and play my game.”

  • Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, and Joonas Donskoi scored and had two assists for the Avalanche (11-5-2), who have won three games in a row following an 0-4-1 stretch. Matt Calvert had two assists.

“I’m really happy for [Werner]. It’s an amazing performance for him,” MacKinnon said. “Came in so comfortably and made some huge saves. It wasn’t just an easy game for him.”

  • The Jets (10-8-1) had their five-game point streak come to an end (4-0-1) and dropped to 5-5-1 at home.

“If the shots were 40-[25] for them tonight, I would have been pretty darn disappointed,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “So I’m not walking away from this one too dejected. Two years of being an absolutely dominant home team, and I’m not sure we can expect that, but that’s fine. Because we’ve been pretty tight and pretty good on the road. We’re going to have to scratch and claw wherever the puck’s dropped. We’re going to have to go a little harder than we did tonight.”

NHL Highlights | Avalanche vs. Jets – Nov. 12, 2019


  • MacKinnon has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past three games. …
  • Makar extended his point streak to four games (four goals, three assists). …
  • Donskoi has four goals and two assists in the past three games. …
  • Scheifele was called for goaltender interference on the play that injured Francouz.
Sources & Credits: KYLE FREDRICKSON, THE DENVER POST; Darrin Bauming /, COL Avalanche, WIN Jets

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