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AVALANCHE NOTEBOOK: Andre Burakovsky May Play Tonight



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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Andre Burakovsky may be back in the Colorado Avalanche lineup for tonight’s potential closeout Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

That was probably the biggest takeaway from another morning skate at Rogers Place. Burakovsky wore a regular sweater and got some reps in with the second power-play unit – a good sign that he’ll play.

Jared Bednar, however, remained mum on his lineup. He would not say whether Andre Burakovsky would be in the lineup or not. He also did not say whether Darcy Kuemper would be in uniform tonight, even if just the backup to Pavel Francouz.

Kuemper has practiced at what seemed all-systems-go the last two days, but has not dressed the last two games.

About Nazem Kadri: a lot of speculation that he’s got a broken right thumb, stemming from the hit from Evander Kane in Game 3 (Kane will be suspended for Game 4). Can he possibly play with such an injury in the Stanley Cup Finals, should the Avs get that far? Kadri, by the way, is back in Denver, Bednar said.

Avalanche veteran Jack Johnson seems to believe there is a chance.

“He’s going to do everything in his power to get back during this run,” Johnson said. “When we saw him before he left, he was in good spirits, really positive. Just keeping our fingers crossed for him.”

Other players have played with broken thumbs. Jack Eichel of the Vegas Golden Knights, in fact, played with one for the last six weeks of the regular season. Eichel did not have surgery because the thumb was non-displaced -but it was badly fractured. Whether Kadri needs surgery or not could determine his availability for the Finals.

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Jacob Trouba of the Rangers missed 4-6 weeks last season because of a broken thumb.

But the Avs still have to win one more game for that to happen, and, as they love to say in hockey, the fourth game is the toughest to win.

Who will be the second-line center tonight remains a mystery, as the Avs didn’t do any real line rushes. I’m going to wager it’ll be Mikko Rantanen, but we’ll see. Nicolas Aube-Kubel skated this morning, by the way.

See you tonight…

And, don’t forget: the Avs will host a watch party at Ball Arena tonight. $10 gets you a lower-bowl seat to watch on the huge, crystal clear JumboTron – and there are merch giveaways and other fun stuff. Buy tickets here:

Kelsey Hammond contributed to this story

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Now is the time for Burky to step up and contribute some offense. I hope we see him playing with high intensity tonight – – giving his all, every shift.

Donald Victory

Defense first, use that big frame, different season, different role.

Thor's Hammer

Totally agree every player needs to play two-way in the playoffs. Even MacKinnon is doing it. Still silly turnovers…

A lot of haters on this site for excellent comments! Thumbs up and keep the great comments coming!


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Donald Victory

Thank you! Love minus votes! The love on this site is incredible! XOXO!

Donald Victory

X9 has the puck on the far boards, turned it over to the defenseman, who sent it up ice to Hymen, who tipped to McDavid, who scored! Nice work Nathan! Simply flip the puck over the head of the defense to a corner. Taught that since day one, right?

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Zach Heiman

He was trying to flip it high over the defenseman, but partially fanned on it.

Have you ever said anything positive about any of the Avs players? Do you expect them to be 100% perfect all the time!?! I understand some criticism is a part of the deal with these boards and with being a fan, but holy crap, your constant negativity gets really old. Also, you’ll need to post this video one more time, just in case someone missed the other two times you posted it within the 11 comments.


I don’t subscribe that the fourth game is the hardest one to win. I have seen it many times that the team down 3-0 sees the writing on the wall and just does have the juice to play in game 4. I am not saying that is going to be Edmonton tonight but If it is not tonight it will be Wednesday. No way these AVS lose four straight at Edmonton!

Casey Pond

Avs will come out ready to go, defense first, puck control next, scoring next…I agree with you!


I expect heavy pressure from EDM in the first 10 minutes of the game tonight (much like game 3 before Kane’s idiotic check derailed that momentum). If the Avs can withstand that, they have a good chance to win.

Donald Victory

Probably, we can weather the storm as long as deep dump-ins triggering a line change is executed properly and not some week turnover directly to the defenseman for a head-man pass to Hymen who gave it to McDavid for a goal. Here it is…and who was the turnover player (hint: X9), where X = 0-9!

Casey Pond

AD good upgrade to TF with K. Have fun!

Donald Victory

MacKinnon needs to me smarter. His blatant turnover led directly to McDavid’s goal. See 19:32. Horrible attempt to chip. MacTO should have gotten an assist on the play!


I’ll hold on to the idea that 10 days, give or take, will be enough time for Kads to get healed up as much as possible so he can play in the finals.

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