The Colorado Avalanche flew into Tampa Sunday morning, leaving one player — Andre Burakovsky — behind.
Trainer Jared Bednar spoke to the media before boarding the plane and gave an update on Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri. Burakovsky is being evaluated this morning and will join the team in Tampa tomorrow. Although it’s not official, it’s believed that Burakovsky could have injured his hand after blocking a shot. He left the Lightning 7-0 loss early last night and didn’t return.
“I’m not sure about Naz’s schedule yet,” Bednar said, “I still have him as a day-to-day, obviously he’s making progress, he’s running every day. He put a stick in, is really starting to shoot pucks now and is handling the puck more by catching and releasing.
Bednar still hopes that they will see him at some point. He also traveled to Tampa with the team.
So, that’s good news from Kadri. I think he will play in one of the next two games. The fact that he’s shooting pucks is a big, good sign of his availability. He has to work hard to play.
Burakowski? The fact that he’s joining the team tomorrow might seem like good news. But will it be like a guy in a suit providing support? If so, we can probably expect to see Nicolas Aube-Kubel back in the line-up.
The Avalanche have yet to lose an away game in the postseason (0-7). They are 14-2 overall. Colorado Hockey Now will be on the road in Tampa, so stay tuned for soccer cleat coverage on the ground. And, hey, the Avs Travel Tip Jar is always open! Link here!