Avalanche Hoping To Have Kadri & Cogliano Back In The Finals

The four-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers has given the Colorado Avalanche plenty of time to lick their wounds in advance of the Stanley Cup Finals. And that's a good thing for them, as Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano continue their recovery from hand surgeries.

Head coach Jared Bednar revealed that "Kadri was in the gym this morning doing everything he can to be back to play." He hopes that both will be able to make it back sometime during the Finals.

Kadri was injured on a dangerous hit from behind into the boards, which cost  Evander Kane a suspension for Game 4 of the Avs' four-game sweep. Kadri had thumb surgery.

The feisty center had a career year in Colorado, as he heads into free agency after the season. He racked up 87 points in the regular season, and has 14 points in 13 playoff games. 

Cogliano, acquired at the trade deadline, blocked a shot with his hand in Game 4 against the Oilers, and is still a couple of days away from resuming workouts. 

The Avs are awaiting the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers Eastern Conference Final, currently tied at 2 games apiece. The Stanley Cup Finals would start sometime next week. 

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