Kadri, Cogliano could play for Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

Kadri, Cogliano could play for Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

DENVERNazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano could play for the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning starting Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The forwards are back on the ice after each had surgery for a hand injury sustained during the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers.

When asked whether Kadri or Coglaino had been ruled out for the start of the best-of-7 series, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said, “Not yet.”

“They both skated [Sunday] morning. Without sticks.”

Kadri left at 1:06 of the first period of Game 3 after he was boarded by Oilers forward Evander Kane. Kane received a major penalty and was later suspended one game. Kadri has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 games this postseason.

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Cogliano left in the third period of Game 4 after blocking a shot while on the penalty kill. He has two goals and one assist in 11 games.

“Similar surgeries, different fingers, thumbs,” Bednar said Thursday. “We’re hoping, depending on the timeline, they’ll be able to make their way back into the finals.

“We’ll see how it goes when they get playing and whatnot. We’re hopeful that that could be an option for us.”

The Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday to secure their third straight trip to the Cup Final.

“They’re back where they are for a reason,” Bednar said. “This is a very difficult team to win against, and we have to be ready for the challenge.”

Colorado, which completed the sweep of Edmonton on June 6, will have had eight days off before the start of Game 1 on Wednesday

“I feel good about getting a couple of days away from the rink to get sort of decompressed and then start gearing things up a little bit,” Bednar said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s too much time. I like the focus of our group. I like the work of our group, and that’s the rest that we have.”

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky did not practice Sunday because of maintenance.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper was a full participant and is available to play in the Cup Final. He has not played since sustaining an upper-body injury in Game 1 against the Oilers but backed up Pavel Francouz in Game 4.


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