Nazem Kadri, Andrew Cogliano return to skating, but not in full-squad practice

Nazem Kadri, Andrew Cogliano return to skating, but not in full-squad practice

Before the Avalanche’s healthy players practiced at high tempo for one hour Sunday, coach Jared Bednar said injured center Nazem Kadri and winger Andrew Cogliano went through a skating session.

Kadri and Cogliano sustained finger injuries in Games 3 and 4 of the Edmonton series, respectively. Kadri was checked from behind by the Oilers’ Evander Kane (who was suspended one game) and Cogliano was injured while blocking a shot.

Bednar said Kadri and Cogliano did not carry a stick during their skate.

Are Kadri and Cogliano ruled out for Wednesday’s Game 1 against Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals?

“Not yet,” Bednar said with a grin.

The two off days between Games 1 and 2 could benefit both players. Kadri will be two weeks post-injury for Saturday’s Game 2 and Cogliano would be 12 days clear.

Winger Andre Burakovsky (maintenance) also did not practice.

Happy for EJ Defenseman Erik Johnson is the Avalanche’s longest-tenured player (12th year) and he has appeared in all 14 playoff games after missing last year’s postseason.

“He’s put in a lot of work, had some tough injury luck the last handful off years, but he just kept his head down and kept working,” captain Gabe Landeskog said. “He’s been leading by example, he’s been a good guy for Cale (Makar), Bo (Byram) and ‘G’ (Sam Girard) and all those guys to lean on. I know it means a lot for him.”

Said Byram: “EJ is obviously a huge part of our locker room. He’s a great guy and has been awesome to me since I’ve been here. I’ve learned tons from him, the biggest thing is how he stays even keel. Not too much bothers him, whether it’s a mistake or if we’re down (in a game). He’s the same.”

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