Avalanche injured forwards Nazem Kadri, Andrew Cogliano making progress ahead of Game 2 – The Denver Post

The Avalanche’s two injured forwards are nearing a potential return to the lineup in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Second-line center Nazem Kadri skated alone ahead of Friday’s team practice at the Ball Arena, and fourth-line winger Andrew Cogliano was a full participant. Kadri is probably in doubt about playing in Game 2 on Saturday, but Cogliano could be questionable.

Kadri, who is recovering from a surgically repaired right thumb, is limited to light cane work. Cogliano, who was having surgery on his right hand, passed and shot with the main group.

Kadri is Colorado’s fourth-leading scorer this postseason with 14 points (six goals) despite missing the last two games. He began his recovery on the ice by skating without a stick.

“He’s got a punch so he’s been better the last few days but other than that I don’t have any news on him,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Kadri. “Cogliano is developing in a similar way. He felt good enough to join the group today. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”

Wingers Gabe Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky – the overtime hero of Game 1 – didn’t train on Friday. Both have entered maintenance days as a precaution and are expected to play in Game 2.

mental decay. Avalanche top pair defensive partners Devon Toews and Cale Makar spoke side by side from the podium on Friday. Makar was asked about Tampa Bay’s second goal in Game 1, in which he and Toews defended against Lightning’s top wingers Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov.

The forwards crossed inside the Avalanche’s blue line and Palat’s tap-in through the back door capped off a beautifully played give-and-go.

“We had a pretty loose gap right off the bat and we crossed it,” Makar said. “Usually I feel like we have a pretty good gap, we stay over the line with our boys but as we had a loose gap it was a bit difficult. … I knew that (Kucherov) would return to (Palat) if he got around Taser. I was just kind of lazy getting there… maybe a bit of mental decay, just in game, just for me personally. That must not happen.”

The Lightning top line includes center Steven Stamkos. The trio were limited to seven total shots in Game 1, and only one by Kucherov. So next to the Palat Gate, Toews and Makar and the rest of the Avs did a good job against the line.

No cup in Russia. At the start of the first game on Wednesday, NHL Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly said the Stanley Cup will not go to Russia this summer because Russia invaded Ukraine.

Tampa Bay has three Russian players (Kucherov, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy), and Colorado has one (forward Valeri Nichushkin). Therefore, none of these players are allowed to take the trophy home if their team wins it.

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