Colorado Avalanche journey with out injured Andre Burakovsky forward of Sport 3 of Stanley Cup Closing
DENVER — Colorado’s Andre Burakovsky won’t journey with the workforce to Tampa on Sunday after struggling an damage within the Avalanche’s 7-0 drubbing of the Lightning in Sport 2 of the Stanley Cup Closing on Saturday.
Coach Jared Bednar mentioned Burakovsky remains to be being evaluated and would be part of the Avalanche in Tampa on Monday. His availability for Sport 3 stays unknown.
Burakovsky left Saturday’s tilt early within the second interval after taking a Victor Hedman shot off the hand. It is the second damage Burakovsky has suffered within the postseason, after he was compelled to overlook two video games within the Western Convention ultimate in opposition to Edmonton with a leg damage. Burakovsky mentioned final week he’d solely lately felt near recovered from that concern, however he nonetheless was taking common upkeep days from practices and morning skates.
The Avalanche are already taking part in short-handed of their top-six as Nazem Kadri stays out following thumb surgical procedure. He final performed in Sport 3 of the convention finals and resumed skating with a stick final week. Bednar mentioned Sunday that Kadri will journey with the workforce to Tampa however remains to be thought of day-to-day.
“We’re hopeful we’ll see him sooner or later,” Bednar mentioned. “Undecided about Sport 3 or Sport 4 [though].”
Burakovsky has showcased his finest hockey of the playoffs since changing Kadri on the Avalanche’s second line. The massive winger scored Colorado’s additional time winner in Sport 1 and made probably the most of restricted taking part in time in Sport 2, notching a key help on Valeri Nichushkin’s power-play purpose and scoring one other himself. Burakovsky now has three targets and eight factors in 12 postseason video games.
Bednar juggled his strains once more with out Burakovsky in Sport 2, elevating Artturi Lehkonen to the second unit with Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher.
Colorado will wait and see if Burakovsky is ready to play in Monday’s Sport 3. The Avalanche did get Andrew Cogliano (finger) again on Saturday to shore up their ahead depth. If Burakovsky is unavailable, it is possible Nicolas Aube-Kubel would draw again into the lineup, after being a wholesome scratch in Sport 2.