DENVER– Andre Burakovsky‘s status is uncertain for the Colorado Avalanche for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Burakovsky was hit in the hand by a shot from Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman early in the second period of Colorado’s 7-0 win in Game 2 on Saturday and did not return.
The forward did not travel with the Avalanche to Tampa on Sunday but is expected to join them there Monday after being evaluated by doctors, coach Jared Bednar said.
Burakovsky scored the overtime winner in Colorado’s 4-3 victory in Game 1, then had a goal and assist in Game 2 before being injured. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games after he had an NHL career-high 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 80 regular-season games.
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Nazem Kadri is getting closer to returning for Colorado and is day to day. He has been skating since Thursday but has not practiced with the Avalanche yet.
The forward had surgery for a hand injury he sustained in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers on June 4. Kadri left at 1:06 of the first period after he was boarded by Oilers forward Evander Kanewho received a major penalty and was suspended one game.
“Not sure on ‘Naz’s timeline yet,” Bednar said. ” … Obviously he’s progressing. He’s been skating every day. He’s put his stick into it. He’s starting to shoot pucks now and handle the puck more, catching and releasing it, like passing and shooting. So we’re hopeful we’re going to see him at some point. I’m not sure if it’s Game 3 or Game 4.”
Kadri had an NHL career-high 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 regular-season games and has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 playoff games.