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NHL - US Sports: Francouz enjoying the ride with Avs

Back-up netminder Pavel Francouz made 26 saves to win in his sixth straight start,  a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, before saying he’s enjoying the ride with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche, 7/2 to win the Stanley Cup, have won their last eight games and five in a row at home to break a franchise record for overall and home victories in a season.

Avs setting new marks

Each record was surpassed on Tuesday as the Avalanche scored nine to beat the Los Angeles Kings at the Ball Arena. The win was their 53rd in the regular season and 29th at home.

Francouz's win against the Devils improved Colorado's record to 54-14-6 and 114 points, which is the best in the NHL.

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Fifteen of the Avalanche's wins have been recorded by 31-year-old Francouz (15-3-1), who owns a .919 save-percentage and 2.49 goals-against-average (GAA).

The 31-year-old supports Darcy Kuemper of the same age, who has a .926 save-percentage and 2.38 GAA.

Avalanche an attacking success

At the opposite end of the ice, seven of the Avalanche players have now scored at least 20 goals, the most in a single campaign since they relocated to Colorado.

They are also enjoying a hefty contribution from defence with 60 goals being scored by blue-liners, the most since the Washington Capitals in 1993/94 (62).

Francouz said to the media: "You play the game to win and if you're winning almost every game, it's a lot of fun."

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