Nazem Kadri, Andrew Cogliano "day to day," Brayden Point to play in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

Nazem Kadri, Andrew Cogliano “day to day,” Brayden Point to play in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

The morning injury news appeared to favor the Tampa Bay Lightning ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night in Ball Arena.

Avalanche forwards Nazem Kadri (right thumb) and Andrew Cogliano (right hand) did not skate with the full group during the team’s morning skate Wednesday morning. Afterward, coach Jared Bednar said both are “day-to-day” but would not expand on their availability for Wednesday night or Game 2 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said star center Brayden Point — who has been limited to seven postseason games because of a lower-body injury — is expected to be in the Game 1 lineup.

Advantage, Lightning.

Avs forward Andre Burakovsky, who has skipped several practices and morning skates during the playoffs, left the ice on Wednesday during power-play drills with the No. 2 unit. He was replaced by JT Compher, who had to shed his white penalty-killing jersey and wait for a burgundy jersey to fall in with the four other guys in that color.

Bednar said of Burakovsky and other banged-up players like left wing Gabe Landeskog: “We’re expecting all of those guys to be able to go” for Game 1.

Bednar declined to identify his starting goalie for Game 1 but Darcy Kuemper is expected to get the nod over Pavel Francouz.

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