Kadri misses Game 3 as he still awaits length of suspension

How many more games will he miss with pending suspension?


The verdict has yet to come in, but it is expected that Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri will get suspended for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk. The Avs are facing the Blues in a couple of minutes, and the league has yet to announce the length of Kadri’s suspension. Therefore, he has to sit out Game 3. 

Kadri had an in-person hearing via Zoom Friday afternoon, which meant he was eligible to receive a suspension of five games or longer as per the collective bargaining agreement.

The illegal check took place in the third period of Colorado’s 6-3 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night as Kadri delivered the high hit  while Faulk attempted a shot. The blue liner, who remained down after the hit, did not finish the game. Kadri was ejected from the contest once the play was reviewed and he has given a major penalty for his questionable play. 

This would be Kadri’s third suspension in the first round of the playoffs in four years.

In the postseason last summer in the Edmonton bubble, Kadri managed to stay out of trouble, but we all remember his previous suspensions as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was suspended three games after a high hit on Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in 2018, and then a year later, was suspended for the remainder of the opening round for a cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in Game 2. The Leafs would go on to lose both series against the Bruins. Toronto traded Kadri to Colorado the following summer. 

Kadri has been suspended an additional three times during the regular season in his 12-year career. 

With the verdict still pending, he is forced to miss tonight’s game. He is suspended indefinitely "until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue."