News of the morning injury broke for the Tampa Bay Lightning before game one of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Ball Arena.
Avalanche forwards Nazim Kadri (right thumb) and Andrew Cogliano (right hand) did not skate with the full group while skiing on Wednesday morning for the team. Then coach Jared Bednar said they are both “day by day” but won’t increase their availability on Wednesday night or the second game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lightning coach John Cooper said center star Brayden Point – who has been limited to seven games post-season due to a lower body injury – is expected to be in the Game 1 squad.
Avs striker Andrei Burakovsky, who missed several morning practice and skates during qualifying, left the ice on Wednesday during strength training with Unit No. 2. He was replaced by JT Compher, who had to ditch his white shirt for the penalty shootout and wait for his burgundy shirt to fall With the other four men of that color.
“We expect all these guys to be able to go into the first game,” Bednar said of Burakowski and other eager players like left winger Gabi Landskog.
Bednar declined to select the starting goalkeeper in the first game, but Darcy Comber is expected to get the nod at Pavel Francoz.
– Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) June 15 2022