Quick Bit: Kadri left Game 3 of the Western Conference finals after taking a hit from the Oilers’ Evander Kane.
The Avalanche enter the Stanley Cup Final without their second-line center. They might not get him back at all for the series.
Nazem Kadri was knocked out of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Oilers after he was cross-checked from behind by Oilers forward Evander Kane. The hit sent Kadri flying into the boards. Kadri was slow to get up and appeared to be laboring with his upper body before he was helped to the locker room.
Five minute major to Evander Kane for boarding Nazem Kadri pic.twitter.com/tmgyJzWrps
Kane received a five-minute major for boarding, but he was not given a game misconduct despite Kadri’s apparent injury. He was eventually suspended for Game 4, which the Avs took 6-5 in overtime to clinch a series win.
Colorado will certainly miss Kadri. He was having a career year prior to the injury. After an 87-point regular season, he had notched 14 points in 13 playoff games.
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When will Nazem Kadri return?
At the time of the injury, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar ruled Kadri out for at least the rest of conference finals.
Jared Bednar: Nazem Kadri is out for the series “at least, if not longer.”
“The hit, it’s the most dangerous play in hockey.”
The forward had surgery to repair an injured thumb. A return for the finals does not seem likely, but perhaps he will come back if the series goes six or seven games.
Who will replace Kadri if he can’t play?
The Avs have a number of players who can fill Kadri’s top-six role, although none who can replicate his production.
During Friday’s practice, J.T. Compher filled in as the second-line center, with Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen flanking him on the wings. Compher had three goals in four games against the Oilers and two goals in Game 6 against the Blues.
Bednar slid Rantanen to center for Game 4 of the Oilers series.
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When is Game 1 of the Avalanche-Lightning Stanley Cup Final?
Game 1 of the Avalanche-Lightning Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday, June 15, at 8 p.m. ET. It will take place at Ball Arena in Denver.
Viewers in the U.S. can watch the game nationally on ESPN. The Canadian audience can watch the game on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports.
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