Kadri Ruled Out For Remainder Of Round 3 For Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will be without their number two center Nazem Kadri or the remainder of the Conference Finals. Head coach Jared Bednar has this to say about his status,  "He's out, he'll be out for the series at least if not longer. The hit is the most dangerous play in hockey, puts him in head first from behind eight feet from the boards."

Whether it was intentional or accidental, Evander Kane was assessed a five minute major for boarding one minute into the game. The Edmonton Oilers killed off the penalty and the four others in the game, but J.T. Compher, who moved up to the second line in Kadri's absence, scored the game-winning goal with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. This helped the Avalanche go up 3-0 in the series and all but put it away.

Kadri is a big loss for not only this round, but more for the Stanley Cup Final. He finished the regular season with 28 goals and 87 points in 71 games and was among the leaders in points in the NHL for a good chunk of the season.

Kadri has also recorded six goals and 14 points in 13 playoff games if you include the one shift he played in Game 3. His production helped seal Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Oilers in two minutes by recording three assists, while also recording a hat trick in St. Louis in Game 4 of Round 2 to silence the hate he received regarding the incident with goaltender Jordan Binnington.

The good news is that the Avalanche may have some time off before the Stanley Cup Final if they can close out the series with the Oilers in four games and the Eastern Conference Final doesn't wrap up quickly. Kadri is a key piece of the team and he will be missed every game he is out of the lineup.

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