Pavel Francouz signed a two-year, $4 million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche Friday afternoon. Then a few hours later he posted a 26-save shutout – his first of his NHL career.
Francouz, 29, was a star in the KHL before making the transition to North America, so he’s not your typical NHL rookie. That aside, he’s proven to be a great member of the Avalanche though, posting a 15-5-3 record, 2.33 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 25 contests.
Getting him locked up for another two seasons at a cap hit of $2 million seems pretty reasonable. That’s a bit more than your typical backup, but given Francouz’s performance, it fits. It also fits well with Colorado’s other goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, who comes with an annual cap hit of $3,333,333 for this and next season, so the Avalanche won’t have an excessive amount committed to goaltending in 2020-21. Beyond that, Colorado will likely need to make a decision between their two netminders and commit to a longer contract with the one they ultimately favor.
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NY RANGERS 5 CAROLINA 2
Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and registered two assists for the Rangers. He’s up to 27 goals and 59 points in 47 contests.
Artemi Panarin contributed a goal and an assist. The Rangers forward has 31 goals and 81 points in 59 games.
Igor Shesterkin stopped 27 of 29 Hurricanes shots. He’s improved to 7-1-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .939 save percentage in eight games.
One of Carolina’s two goals was scored by Sebastian Aho. That gives him 35 goals and 58 points in 59 contests.
Petr Mrazek kicked out 31 of 35 shots Friday night. He has a 20-16-2 record, 2.71 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 38 contests.
NY ISLANDERS 4 DETROIT 1
Jordan Eberle led the Islanders with a hat trick. He has 13 goals and 34 points in 50 contests.
The Islanders other goal was scored by Leo Komarov. That gives him four goals and 14 points in 41 games.
Detroit’s goal was accounted for by Anthony Mantha. It was his 13th marker and 30th point in 35 games.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 of 39 Islanders shots. He has a 13-18-2 record, 2.89 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 38 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 of 22 shots. He’s improved to an 18-12-4 record with a 2.51 GAA and .918 save percentage in 39 contests.
CHICAGO 2 NASHVILLE 1 (OT)
The Predators’ lone goal was scored by Mattias Ekholm. It was his eighth goal and 32nd point in 59 games.
Pekka Rinne stopped 36 of 38 shots on Friday. He has an 18-13-4 record, 3.00 GAA, and .900 save percentage in 35 contests.
Alex DeBrincat netted both of Chicago’s goals. He has 16 markers and 39 points in 61 games.
Duncan Keith assisted on both of DeBrincat’s markers. Keith has a goal and 18 points in 52 contests.
Corey Crawford kicked out 42 of 43 shots on Friday. That ended his four-game losing streak.
ST. LOUIS 5 DALLAS 1
Colton Parayko scored a goal and registered two assists for the Blues. He’s up to seven goals and 23 points in 55 contests.
Jaden Schwartz also helped the Blues with a goal and an assist. That gives him 20 goals and 48 points in 62 games.
Jake Allen stopped 18 of 19 Stars shots. He has a 9-6-3 record, 2.29 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 21 contests.
Jamie Oleksiak scored the Stars’ only goal. He has three goals and nine points in 61 contests.
BOSTON 4 CALGARY 3
Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 24 goals and 77 points in 62 games.
Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals for the Bruins. That gives him 29 goals and 53 points in 53 contests.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 18 of 21 Flames shots. That extended his winning streak to five games.
Mikael Backlund scored a pair of goals for the Bruins. He’s up to 12 goals and 34 points in 62 games.
Cam Talbot saved 19 of 23 shots on Friday. He has a 9-10-1 record, 2.83 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 23 contests.
MINNESOTA 5 EDMONTON 3
Jared Spurgeon led the Wild with a hat trick. The blueliner has 10 goals and 28 points in 53 games.
Carson Soucy netted a goal for the Wild. It was his seventh goal and 14th point in 55 contests.
Alex Stalock stopped 23 of 26 Oilers shots. He has a 15-9-4 record, 2.69 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 31 contests.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored goal goals and registered an assist for Edmonton. That gives him 17 goals and 48 points in 55 games.
Mikko Koskinen turned aside 34 of 38 shots on Friday. He’s lost three of his last four starts.
COLORADO 1 ANAHEIM 0
Pavel Francouz stopped all 26 Ducks shots to earn his first career shutout. He has a 15-5-3 record, 2.33 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 25 games.
Hampus Lindholm fired a team-high five shots against Francouz. Lindholm has two goals on 109 shots, which is a 1.8% success rate.
John Gibson saved 28 of 29 shots Friday night. Despite his strong start, this is his fourth loss in the span of five games.
J.T. Compher scored the game’s lone goal. It was his ninth marker and 26th point in 57 games.
Martin Kaut registered an assist for the Avalanche. He recorded his first NHL point in his second game.