Having a couple of extra days off between games has given the Avalanche some added time to rest, recover and get healthy ahead of Game 4 on Sunday afternoon. Having that extra time gave at least one player enough time to heal from his ailment. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov will re-enter the lineup in Game 4 after sitting out for the entirety of the third period of Game 3 after taking a big hit from Jamie Benn.
The time off was apparently not enough R-and-R time for Matt Calvert, who has yet to play in this series with the Stars, and is doubtful again for Sunday. When asked if Calvert or any of the other injured guys would return tomorrow, head coach Jared Bednar gave a very succinct and to-the-point “doesn’t look like it.”
Bednar also confirmed Calvert didn’t skate at practice on Saturday, nor did Joonas Donskoi, Erik Johnson or Philipp Grubauer.