Colorado relies on keeper Grubauer after restart

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Ice hockey goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer will be on the ice for his Colorado Avalanche team when the NHL restarts. “I start on Sunday,” said the 28-year-old on Friday in a media group: “But I still don’t know whether we’ll do half-half or whether I’ll play through the whole game.” Colorado starts the season’s final sprint against the St. Louis Blues in its bubble in Edmonton on Sunday. (Edmonton Oilers with Leon Draisaitl against Chicago Blackhawks Saturday from 9 p.m. LIVE on TV on SPORT1 +).

Immediately before the season break due to the corona crisis, Grubauer often had to give preference to his Czech opponent Pavel Francouz. The relationship between the two opponents is “very good”, stressed Grubauer nevertheless: “We both try to give everything. This is not a competition now, where one wants to bail out the other. We both understand that it is only possible by working together That’s why we support each other on the ice every day. ”

The Avalanche has already secured their participation in the playoffs, but Grubauer wants to tackle the remaining three games of the regular season with the necessary seriousness. “For us it is of course not the same as do-or-die as with some other teams. But we will take it seriously from Sunday onwards. You cannot suddenly flip the switch when the playoffs start,” said the native of Rosenheim.

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