Evan’s Daily: Potentially Good News on Injury Front For Avalanche, Not so Much For Other NHL Playoff Teams
We’re now just one day away from the NHL Playoffs officially starting, and we’re starting to find out some teams are dealing with more key injuries than others.
The Colorado Avalanche have dealt with injuries all season long, but their coach hinted on Saturday that they might start the playoffs healthier than you’d think.
All that and more in this Sunday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
I just happened to turn on NHL network and catch Jared Bednar getting interviewed by the crew as they previewed the upcoming Avalanche/Kraken series. When asked about injuries, he had mostly good news. You can read about it here.
I took some time to gather my thoughts on the Gabriel Landeskog situation, and wrote about it here.
Avalanche Turning Point: 30 Seconds of End-to-End Action (+)
Nathan MacKinnon capped off an incredible regular season with a great game to lead the Avalanche to a division title.
Around the NHL
The best team in the NHL during the regular season, the Boston Bruins, had some key veteran sit out practice on Saturday, including Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. They did get David Krejci back, though.
Their opponents, the Florida Panthers, might have to start the playoffs without Sam Bennett.
It’s unlikely the Avalanche see old friend Andre Burakovsky, as he had surgery to fix an issue he’s been dealing with for a while and is likely out a few rounds.
Kevin Fiala, one of the key forwards for the Los Angeles Kings, is questionable for game one of their series with Edmonton. Historically, Fiala has not performed well in the playoffs, so he’s got something to prove.
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