Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kdri skates ahead for possible return; Darcy Kuemper is still in starter’s net

Colorado Avalanche's Nazem Kdri skates ahead for possible return; Darcy Kuemper is still in starter's net

TAMPA, Fla. — Nazem Kadri The morning skate was with the Colorado Avalanche He could be available to play in Game 4 of Wednesday's Stanley Cup Final, suggesting that he may be able to recover from a broken thumb.

Kadri was participating in his first team session since June 4th, when he suffered an injury. He was wearing a regular burgundy sweater, and participated in drills alongside the Avalanche’s second power-play unit.

All indications point to Kadri appearing in the lineup against Tampa Bay LightningCoach Jared Bednar did not confirm or deny that it was the case.

When Bednar was asked whether Kadri would participate, Bednar stated that “He's improving every day.” He'll be back in the team if he can play hockey and feels comfortable. He's been skating, legs feel good. It's all about managing the pain he has to deal with.

You can also read more about the lineup here Darcy Kuemper After being removed from Game 3, he was placed in the Avalanche's starter's net. After being pulled from Game 3, Colorado's incumbent netminder allowed five goals in 22 shots and was replaced by Pavel Francouz.

Bednar indicated that Kuemper might start Game 4 and that if he did it, it was likely that the goalie could quickly turn around the game from the 6-2 loss.

Bednar stated, “Same as the rest of our group, I feel like that he's done an admirable job with that.” He has followed up positive performances with better performances. He has improved his game when we have needed him to. He's been doing it all season.

Kadri was boarded Edmonton Oilers Winger Evander Kane In Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, he was injured in his thumb and had to have surgery June 6. Shortly after, the veteran returned to skating on his own and started shooting again this week.

Kadri was on Sunday with the team when Bednar stated that he wasn't certain if the 31-year old would be ready for Game 3 and 4. Kadri was there to support it.

Kadri's contributions could have been a boon for Colorado. In Game 3, Colorado's lead in the series was cut to 2-1 because Colorado's offense had slowed down. Kadri, who is coming off an 87-point career season, had six goals and 14 point in 13 postseason games. Before being hurt.

Also, the Avalanche is missing Andre Burakovsky At the front. The big winger was injured in the second game of the Final. He did not travel to Tampa. Kadri was without a top six player in Colorado, so Burakovsky stepped in and scored twice against Lightning.

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