Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri participated in morning skate on Wednesday ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, raising questions as to whether he will return to the lineup to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Head coach Jared Bednar didn’t confirm whether Kadri would be in the lineup on Wednesday but did say the veteran center has been improving.
Kadri sustained a finger injury during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final after being hit by Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane. He has not yet participated in the Stanley Cup Final, although participating in drills and working with the second power-play unit on Wednesday morning is a good sign.
The Avalanche would surely like to get Kadri back in the mix as more players sustain injuries at this critical point in the series. Colorado is still without forward Andre Burakovsky, who was on a hot streak before being injured in Game 2 in Denver.
In non-injury news, there is no word if goaltender Darcy Kuemper will start in net after being pulled in Game 3.
Puck drop for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final is set for 8 p.m. ET.