On Wednesday, Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri was on the ice with his teammates, getting ready for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning later tonight.
Two weeks ago, Kadri underwent surgery on his right thumb, the result of a dangerous crash into the boards at high speed following a hit that earned Edmonton Oilers’ Evander Kane a one-game suspension during the Western Conference final. He’s been skating, but this morning, the update was encouraging as he practiced on the second power-play unit and stick-handled the entire session.
However, when reporters asked head coach Jared Bednar if that meant that Kadri had the green light for Game 4, he did not confirm if the top forward would be in uniform.
The same way Bednar refused to confirm that Darcy Kuemper was getting the start after keeping pulled and replaced by Pavel Francouz in the Game 3 loss.
Kadri’s latest update is certainly encouraging news for the Avalanche as its opponent is facing worse news.
While there is no projected changes to Tampa Bay’s line-up, which means that Nikita Kucherov and Nick Paul are expected to play in Game 4, it seems clear that Brayden Point will miss the fourth contest. However, head coach Jon Cooper revealed that he does not rule him out for the remainder of the series.