The Colorado Avalanche flew out Sunday morning to Tampa, leaving one player – Andre Burakovsky – behind.
Coach Jared Bednar spoke to the media before boarding the plane and provided updates on Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri. Burakovsky is being evaluated this morning and will join the team in Tampa tomorrow. While not official, it’s believed Burakovsky might have a hand injury, after blocking a shot. He left last night’s 7-0 rout of the Lightning early and didn’t return.
“I’m not sure on Naz’s timeline yet,” said Bednar, “I still have him as day to day, obviously he’s progressing, he’s been skating every day. He’s put a stick into it, really starting to shoot pucks now and handle the puck more, catching and releasing.”
Bednar is still hopeful that they will see him at some point. He did travel with the team to Tampa as well.
So, that’s good news on Kadri. I think he’s going to play in one of the next two games. The fact that he’s shooting pucks is a big, good sign of availability. He has to be champing at the bit to play.
Burakovsky? The fact that he’s joining the team tomorrow might seem like good news. But will it be just as a guy in a suit, lending support? If so, we can probably expect to see Nicolas Aube-Kubel back in the lineup.
The Avalanche have yet to lose a game on the road in the postseason (7-0). They are 14-2 overall. Colorado Hockey Now will be on the road in Tampa, so stay tuned for boots-on-the-ground coverage. And, hey, the Avs Travel Tip Jar is always open! Link here!