Coach Jared Bednar insists the Colorado Avalanche will cope with the absence of forward Nazem Kadri, who was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Despite losing the influential 31-year-old just 66 seconds into Game 3, Colorado managed to take a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 4-2 victory - they are 1/50 to wrap up the series and 20/43 to go on and win in the Stanley Cup Final.
What: Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers, Western Conference Finals Game 4
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
When: 01:00am, Tuesday 7th June, 2022
How to watch: TNT or bet365 Live Stream
Odds: COL Avalanche 10/13, EDM Oilers 11/10
Kadri was injured when the top goal-scorer in the play-offs, Evander Kane, pushed him from behind into the end boards with Bednar saying afterwards, it was "the most dangerous play in hockey".
Kane was accessed a five-minute penalty for boarding, which is little consolation for both Bednar and Kadri, who will miss the remainder of the series at least.
Kadri has scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 post-season games, helping put the Avalanche on the verge of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since winning it in 2002.
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With victory in Edmonton, Colorado improved their road record in the play-offs to an impressive 6-0, outscoring their opponents 30-15 in those games and they will have the chance to eliminate the Oilers on their home ice in Game 4 on Monday.
Bednar said of Kadri's absence: "You lose a guy of Naz's stature and the role that he plays, someone has to step up, if not multiple guys.
"His role will be filled by committee. I mean, that's how big of a player he is for us. It could be one guy one night and a different guy the next. I'm comfortable with it."
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