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  • J.T. Compher should be available for Game 6 of SCF
    J.T. Compher should be good to go for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said on Saturday that Compher was "checked out" following Colorado's loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 on Friday, but he expects the Avalanche forward to be available to play. Compher was on the ice for Sunday's morning skate.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:33 am
  • Erik Cernak slated to play in Game 6 of Cup Final
    Erik Cernak is expected to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday. 

    Advice: Cernak was available to play on Friday in Game 5 after he left Wednesday's contest following a shot block. He logged 19:27 of ice time in Friday's 3-2 win over Colorado, while posting a four hits, two blocks, one shot and a minus-1 rating. Coach Jon Cooper expects to have the same lineup for Sunday's must-win contest.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:57 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy set to start on Sunday night
    Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start on Sunday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against Colorado. 

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said he anticipates having the same lineup as Friday's 3-2 victory over the Avalanche. Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in the contest to help the Lightning extend the series. He has a 14-8 record this postseason with a 2.54 GAA and .921 SV% in 22 previous starts.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:23 am
  • Alex Ovechkin scores for FC Dynamo Moscow
    Alex Ovechkin signed a one-day contract with FC Dynamo Moscow to play in a friendly match on Saturday. 

    Advice: Ovechkin scored a goal in the contest against Amkal, which was a team full of social media stars and bloggers. Dynamo won the exhibition contest by a score of 5-0 and the fans voted Ovechkin as the MVP. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:13 am
  • Nazem Kadri skips morning skate for maintenance
    Nazem Kadri skipped the morning skate on Sunday for maintenance. 

    Advice: Kadri has played in the past two games of the Stanley Cup Final after he underwent surgery for a thumb injury. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 against Tampa Bay this past Wednesday and he racked up a game-high seven shots in Friday's loss. Kadri should be available to play on Sunday night in Game 6 of the Cup Final.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:46 am
  • Brayden Point may be ready if SCF goes to Game 7
    Coach Jon Cooper hasn't ruled out Brayden Point for a possible return if the Stanley Cup Final is extended to Game 7. 

    Advice: Cooper expects to have the same lineup for Game 6 on Sunday against Colorado as the Lightning had in Friday's 3-2 victory. "Everybody is trying to get back into the lineup and there are some things you just can’t do and, when you cannot do what you are used to doing, it is tough on the player and I think that is part of our issue here," said the Tampa Bay bench boss. "He is still plugging along here and rehabbing and trying to get better and why knows, if the series goes one more game, you never know but it is tough on these guys because they are such competitors." Cooper added that Point's injury is "severe."  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:29 am
  • Bednar on Andre Burakovsky for Game 6: 'We'll see'
    Andre Burakovsky's status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night is uncertain at best. 

    Advice: Burakovsky was on the ice Sunday during Colorado's morning skate, but he showed up late and left early. He did more on Friday prior to Game 5 against Tampa Bay and he wasn't available to play. When coach Jared Bednar was asked about Burakovsky's availability for Game 6 he said, "We'll see."  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:22 am
  • Zdeno Chara not ready yet to decide on NHL future
    Zdeno Chara is not ready yet to make any decisions on his NHL future and he plans to wait until September, according to agent Matt Keator. 

    Advice: "He's going to take the summer with his family and assess where he's at physically, where his family's at, and make a decision in September," Keator told the Boston Globe. "No rush." The 45-year-old defenseman is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13. In 72 games with the New York Islanders in 2021-22, he posted two goals, 14 points, 85 penalty minutes, 81 shots, 90 blocks and 125 hits.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:13 am
  • Valeri Nichushkin dealing with lower-body injury
    Colorado coach Jared Bednar is hoping that Valeri Nichushkin (lower body) is able to go in Game 6.

    Advice: Nichushkin was injured in Game 5 but all tests came back negative after the game. He was not on the ice at practice and if he is not able to play, his loss will be a big one as he has been a stud in the Final. “We’re hoping he’ll play," Bednar said. “We’re hoping he’s in tonight.” Nichushkin came to the Tampa arena this morning limping so his status is questionable. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:00 am
  • Andre Burakovsky stickhandling on his own
    Andre Burakovsky came on the ice during practice Sunday and was stickhandling on his own.

    Advice: It doesn't look good at this time for Burakovsky to be playing in Game 6 Sunday night as he is recovering from a hand injury. Burakovsky then left practice but that also happened on Friday and he later returned. Burakovsky has not played since Game 2 and had two goals and three points in the Stanley Cup Final before his injury. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:47 am
  • Eetu Tuulola signs with Ilves of the Finnish liiga
    Eetu Tuulola has signed a contract with Ilves of the Finnish liiga for the 2022-23 season.

    Advice: The former sixth-round pick in 2016, Tuulola came over to North America for the 2019-20 season and played three seasons for Stockton of the AHL without ever making it into the NHL. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 25 points in 61 games this season and the pending RFA could have his NHL rights with Calgary if they decide to give him a qualifying offer. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:12 am
     
  • Brayden Point will not play in Game 6
    Brayden Point (lower body) will not play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday.

    Advice: That's according to coach Jon Cooper who is the final authority. Point was injured in Game 7 of the opening round and returned for the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final but has not played since. Point skated on Sunday and Cooper still did not rule him out if a Game 7 is necessary. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:01 am
  • Huberdeau thrilled to be playing for Paul Maurice
    Florida star Jonathan Huberdeau is thrilled to play for new Panthers coach Paul Maurice next season.

    Advice: "I think it's never easy to say goodbye to your coach," Huberdeau said. "Brunette did a tremendous job this year too but adding Paul is just going to be, can't wait to talk to him, see his philosophy and, obviously, the way he was running [the] Winnipeg [Jets] was pretty good. You know, he didn't get fired, he kind of left (resigning on Dec. 17). And I'm just excited to talk to him and see what he has under his belt and I'm excited to hear from him." Huberdeau had a career year under former coach Andrew Brunette as he had 30 goals and 115 points so looking forward to Maurice should mean a lot. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:04 am
  • Wolves win Calder Cup, Leivo named AHL playoff MVP
    Josh Leivo has captured the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs. 

    Advice: Leivo racked up 15 goals and 29 points in 18 games for the AHL's Chicago Wolves en route to the AHL's championship title. He earned the highest point total by any player in the Calder Cup Playoffs in the past 14 years. Chicago was dominant in the postseason, with a mark of 14-4, after the team posted a league-best 50-win regular season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:47 pm
     
  • Darcy Kuemper will start Sunday in Game 6 vs. TBL
    Darcy Kuemper will start on Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Kuemper is coming off a 26-save effort in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 5. "He's gotten us to this point," coach Jared Bednar said Saturday. "We're in the Stanley Cup Final, we have a 3-2 series lead. You saw what he could do in the second game in Tampa." The Avalanche bench boss added that their "confidence level with Darcy is high. It has been all year and hasn't really changed." Kuemper has a 9-4 record this postseason with a 2.68 GAA and .898 SV% in 15 appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Schmiemann signs AHL contract with Abbotsford
    Quinn Schmiemann signed a two-year AHL contract with the Abbotsford Canucks.

    Advice: Abbotsford is the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Schmiemann was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 182nd overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, but they never signed him. Schmiemann had 14 goals, 54 points, and 65 penalty minutes in 58 WHL contests in 2021-22. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • McDavid might end up as playoff scoring leader
    Connor McDavid could still end up as the playoff scoring leader.

    Advice: McDavid leads the league with 33 points in just 16 playoff games. The closest active player is Colorado's Cale Makar, who has 29 points in 19 contests and then Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov with 27 points in 22 contests. The fact that McDavid might end up as the scoring leader despite not being involved in the Stanley Cup Final is a testament to just how good a postseason run he had. Colorado and Tampa Bay will play in Game 6 of the finals on Sunday and if necessary, Game 7 on Tuesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Andre Burakovsky could possibly play in Game 6
    Colorado coach Jared Bednar said on Saturday that Andre Burakovsky is travelling with the team to Tampa and is a possibility for Game 6.

    Advice: Burakovsky has not played since Game 2 as he was injured when he took a puck to his hand. Burakovsky had been a star in the first two games of the Final as he had two goals and three points before getting hurt, giving him three goals and eight points in the playoffs. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy stops 35 shots in GM 5 victory
    Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 35 shots in a 3-2 win over Colorado in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. 

    Advice: The Avalanche came back from two one-goal deficits in the contest, but the Lightning got the victory thanks to a late third-period goal by Ondrej Palat. The play of Vasilevskiy was also a big part of Tampa Bay's victory. He has a 4-0 record with a 1.75 GAA and .945 SV% when facing elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2020. Vasilevskiy will look to continue that success in Game 6 on Sunday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper makes 26 saves in Game 5 loss
    Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. 

    Advice: Kuemper allowed the game winner to Lightning forward Ondrej Palat with just 6:22 left in the third period. It wasn't a particularly strong performance from the Avalanche netminder, as he didn't look good on the game winner nor on Jan Rutta's late in the first period. He rebounded in a big way on Wednesday in Game 4 and he will look for another bounce-back performance on Sunday. The Avalanche still hold a 3-2 series lead in the Cup Final.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Valeri Nichushkin posts two points on Friday
    Valeri Nichushkin notched one goal and one assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Nichushkin's ninth goal of the postseason tied the game at 1-1 5:07 into the second period. He also assisted on Cale Makar's game-tying goal in the third. Nichushkin will look to continue his excellent run this playoffs in Game 6 on Sunday. He has 15 points through 19 contests.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Andre Burakovsky unavailable for GM 5 of Cup Final
    Andre Burakovsky (hand) won't play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday versus Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Burakovsky was considered to be a possibility for Friday's game after he took part in the morning skate, but he didn't get on the ice for the pregame warmups. He will miss a third straight as a result due to a hand injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:47 pm
  • Brayden Point won't play in Game 5 vs. Colorado
    Brayden Point (lower body) won't be available for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday against Colorado. 

    Advice: Point didn't take part in the pregame warmups ahead of the contest, which means he will sit out a third straight match because of a lower-body injury. He was on the ice for Tampa Bay's morning skate and he was listed as a game-time decision, but he isn't ready to return. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:44 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper will start Game 5 against Tampa Bay
    Darcy Kuemper will start in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night. 

    Advice: Kuemper is coming off a 37-save performance in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay. He has a 9-3 record this postseason with a 2.66 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. Colorado can lift the Stanley Cup with a win on Friday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:43 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 5 of Cup Final
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday against Colorado. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday when he stopped 34 shots. He has a 13-8 record this postseason with a 2.57 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. The Lightning need to win on Friday night to keep the team's dream of a three-peat alive.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Brayden Point will be a game-time call on Friday
    Brayden Point (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night against Colorado. 

    Advice: Point participated in Tampa Bay's morning skate and it looks like he could be available to return after missing the past two games due to a lower-body ailment. Coach Jon Cooper said that the Lightning have a few game-time decisions to make and that none of the injured players have been ruled out for the team's must-win matchup versus the Avalanche.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:06 am
  • Cooper confident that Erik Cernak will play Friday
    Coach Jon Cooper believes that Erik Cernak will be available to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night. 

    Advice: "Cerny's feeling better," said Cooper. "I'm pretty confident he's going to play tonight." Cernak was on the ice for Tampa Bay's morning skate and he looked much better than he did when he tested a suspected lower-body injury in Game 4. Cernak ended up leaving Wednesday's game against Colorado following a shot block. Expect him to play on Friday night in a must-win game for the Lightning.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:41 am
  • Andre Burakovsky is a 'possibility' for Game 5
    Andre Burakovsky is a "possibility" for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night, per coach Jared Bednar. 

    Advice: Burakovsky participated in Colorado's morning skate, but he was on and off the ice a few times during the session. He hasn't played since Game 2 against Tampa Bay on June 18 because of a hand injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:02 am
  • No injury updates Thursday from Tampa Bay coach
    Coach Jon Cooper was unable to provide an injury update Thursday on the status of Erik Cernak. 

    Advice: Cernak was injured in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after he blocked a shot by Nathan MacKinnon 4:25 into the second period. Cernak left the game due to a lower-body injury and he didn't return. It's unclear at this time if he will be available to play on Friday in Game 5 versus Colorado.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:09 am
  • Erik Cernak injured in Game 4 against Colorado
    Erik Cernak suffered a lower-body injury in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: Cernak left the game in the second period after blocking a shot with his left leg. He attempted to return, but it was deemed that he wasn't able to continue. Cernak sat on the bench during the third period, but he didn't receive a single shift.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper bounces back in Game 4 of Cup Final
    Darcy Kuemper turned aside 37 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Kuemper stopped 16 of 17 shots in the first period. The Avalanche were able to battle back from two one-goal deficits in the contest to force overtime. Kuemper picked up the secondary assist on Nazem Kadri's game-winning goal, which came 12:02 into the extra period. Colorado outshot the Lightning 10-3 during overtime. It was an impressive bounce-back performance for the Avalanche goalie after he got the hook in Game 3 on Monday. Kuemper and his teammates have a 3-1 series lead and can win the Stanley Cup with one more win. The Avalanche will host the Lightning in Game 5 on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy superb in OT loss to Avalanche
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy only faced four shots in the first period and the Lightning had a 1-0 lead going into the break. Colorado woke up in the second stanza with 17 shots, but Tampa Bay had a 2-1 lead going into the third. Andrew Cogliano tied the game early in the final frame of regulation and Nazem Kadri scored the overtime winner for the Avalanche. Tampa Bay will have to battle back from a 3-1 series deficit in order to win their third straight Stanley Cup. Game 5 will take place in Denver on Friday.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Nazem Kadri nets OT winner in Game 4 of Cup Final
    Nazem Kadri scored the overtime winner on Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Kadri made a triumphant return to the lineup after he missed four contests. He sustained a thumb injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, which required surgery. Kadri ended up scoring the game winner at the 12:02 mark of the first overtime period to give the Avalanche a 3-1 series lead. Colorado has a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice on Friday. Kadri has seven goals and 15 points in 14 appearances this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Nazem Kadri returns to the lineup for GM 4 of SCF
    Nazem Kadri is on the ice for the pregame warmups and he is expected to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Kadri is projected to play between Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin based on the pregame line rushes. He had been sidelined since June 4 when he was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Kadri reportedly had surgery for a thumb injury shortly afterward. He may not be operating at 100 percent yet, but he is poised to give it a go on Wednesday night. Kadri has generated six goals, 14 points, 47 shots and 16 hits in 13 games this postseason.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:47 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper in line to play in Game 4 of SCF
    Darcy Kuemper is expected to be in the crease for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Kuemper occupied the starter's crease during the morning skate, which puts him in line to start on Wednesday night. Coach Jared Bednar didn't confirm who the starting goaltender would be, but he said "possibly" when asked if Kuemper would play. "He's followed up good performances with better performances, and he's elevated his game when we've needed him to," Bednar added. Kuemper was pulled in Game 3 on Monday after he allowed five goals on 22 shots in 31:11 of playing time. He has a record of 8-3 this postseason with a 2.76 GAA and .892 SV%.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:02 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy slated to start Game 4 of SCF
    Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday against Colorado. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy is coming off a 37-save performance in Monday's 6-2 victory over the Avalanche. It was a major improvement from his previous two matches during the Cup Final and he improved to 8-0 in his past eight outings on home ice. Vasilevskiy has a 13-7 record this postseason with a 2.57 GAA and .920 SV%.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Nazem Kadri uncertain for Game 4 of Cup Final
    Nazem Kadri (hand) was on the ice for Colorado's morning skate ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Kadri worked on the second power-play unit and didn't stay out for extra work with the expected scratches, which are both very encouraging signs. However, it is unclear if he will be able to play on Wednesday night versus Tampa Bay. Coach Jared Bednar wouldn't tip his hand on potential lineup changes, but said that Kadri has been getting better every day. It certainly seems like a return to the fold is getting closer and Game 4 remains a possibility.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:49 am
  • Andre Burakovsky will be unavailable for Game 4
    Andre Burakovsky (hand) won't be available for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: Coach Jared Bednar said after Colorado's morning skate that Burakovsky is still in Denver. It was hoped that he would be able to join the team on the road, but that hasn't been the case. Bednar did say that Burakovsky has been skating, which is a good sign. He didn't play in Game 3 against Tampa Bay either after he was hit in the hand by the puck this past Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:31 am
  • Brayden Point won't play in Game 4 vs. Colorado
    Brayden Point (lower body) won't play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night versus Colorado. 

    Advice: "I haven't ruled him out for the series, but he's out for tonight," said coach Jon Cooper. The Lightning bench boss added that Point is dealing with a lot of the same things that kept him out for 10 straight games during the previous two series. Point suffered a lower-body injury back on May 14 prior to returning to action on June 15. He also missed Game 3 of the Cup Final on Monday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • Nazem Kadri (hand) skates with extras on Tuesday
    Nazem Kadri (hand) skated with the Avalanche's extras on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kadri probably won't play in Game 4, but he might be back before the end of the Stanley Cup Final. He had six goals and 14 points in 13 playoff contests before he was injured. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Andre Burakovsky (hand) isn't with the Avalanche
    While the Avalanche are in Tampa Bay, Andre Burakovsky (hand) has remained in Colorado.

    Advice: Burakovsky has been receiving treatment in Colorado for his injury. He might skate on Tuesday and Wednesday, but obviously he's not an option for Game 4 if he's not with the team. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:56 am
  • Brayden Point 'highly doubtful' for Game 4 of SCF
    Brayden Point (undisclosed) is "highly doubtful" for Game 4 on Wednesday, per Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.

    Advice: Point was originally hurt on May 14 during the Lightning's first round series against Toronto. Point attempted to return for the Stanley Cup Final, but after playing in two games, he was out of the lineup again on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:21 am
  • Kuemper draws some criticism from HC after loss
    Darcy Kuemper drew some criticism from his coach after Monday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Kuemper allowed five goals on 22 shots before being yanked halfway through the game. “I didn’t think he had a good night," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said of Kuemper. He did add though, "Neither did our team so you win as a team and lose as a team and I group him in with everybody else." Kuemper has been something of a mixed bag in the 2022 playoffs. He does have an 8-3 record, but his 2.76 GAA and .892 save percentage in 13 starts certainly aren't great. The Avalanche do have a viable alternative in Pavel Francouz, but it seems premature to start him. Kuemper posted a 16-save shutout in Game 2 and the Avalanche are still leading the series 2-1, so he'll probably start again on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:46 am
  • Darcy Kuemper pulled in 6-2 loss to Lightning
    Darcy Kuemper gave up five goals on 22 shots before he was pulled in the Lightning's 6-2 win in Game 3.

    Advice: Kuemper did not look great in Game 3 after a 16-save shutout in Game 2 as he saw his record dip to 8-3. Kuemper was replaced by Pavel Francouz who stopped nine-of-10 shots the rest of the way as Kuemper was pulled at the 11:15 mark of the second period. He should get the start in Game 4 but if coach Jared Bednar has any reservations, then Francouz could get the call Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:34 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy a star as Tampa Bay wins Game 3
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup by a 6-2 score.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy looked like his old self on Monday with a stellar effort in defeating Colorado to cut the deficit in the best-of-seven series to 2-1. He had given up 11 goals on 68 shots in the first two games in Denver but he was a stud back at home, stopping shot-after-shot. Vasilevskiy is 13-7 in the post-season and will look to even the series in Game 4 Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Andre Burakovsky out, Aube-Kubel in for Avs Monday
    Andre Burakovsky (upper body) won't play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay on Monday. 

    Advice: Burakovsky is not on the ice for the pregame warmups after he didn't take part in the morning skate. He was slated to join the team on the road after he was scheduled to be evaluated on Sunday in Denver for a suspected hand injury on Saturday in Game 3 of the series. Nicolas Aube-Kubel will draw in for the Avalanche on Monday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Brayden Point unavailable for Game 3 of Cup Final
    Brayden Point (undisclosed) won't play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. 

    Advice: Point, who was listed as a game-time decision, is not on the ice for the pregame warmups. He also didn't take part in the morning skate. Point missed 10 games because of a lower-body injury this postseason prior to returning for the first two contests of the Cup Final.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:42 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper set for Game 3 of Cup Final
    Darcy Kuemper is expected to start in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Kuemper is off a 16-save shutout win over the Lightning in Game 2 on Saturday. Tampa Bay only  had 29 shot attempts in Game 2, while the Avalanche racked up 60 on Andrei Vasilevskiy. Possessing the puck and getting shots has been difficult for the Bolts so far in the series. Kuemper has a record of 8-2 this postseason with a 2.44 GAA and .901 SV% in 12 appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 11:34 am
  • Nazem Kadri skates Monday, does some shooting
    Nazem Kadri (hand) was on the ice Monday after Colorado's morning skate. 

    Advice: Coach Jared Bednar labeled Kadri as day-to-day, which the Avalanche forward has been throughout the Stanley Cup Final. He has been making progress from thumb surgery, but it doesn't look he is ready for Game 3 versus Tampa Bay. Kadri has started shooting pucks again, which is an encouraging sign, but he shouldn't be expected to play on Monday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:14 am
  • Bednar lists Burakovsky and Kadri as day-to-day
    Andre Burakovsky (upper body) is considered to be day-to-day, per coach Jared Bednar. 

    Advice: Bednar didn't rule out Burakovsky or Kadri for Monday's game, but it appears to be unlikely that they will be available to play. We will let you if anything changes ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, but right now they are both questionable at best. Burakovsky hasn't arrived in Tampa Bay yet after he was slated to be evaluated on Sunday. He is expected to join the team today. He was injured in Game 2 on Saturday after was hit in the hand by the puck.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:06 am
  • Nazem Kadri not practicing Monday
    Nazem Kadri (thumb) is not at practice Monday.

    Advice: Kadri has yet to play in the Stanley Cup Final after suffering a finger injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final that required surgery. Kadri was seen wearing a cast on his hand Monday morning and has to be considered doubtful to play Monday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:41 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy to start Game 3 Monday night
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will be between the pipes on Monday night.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy was scorched for seven goals Saturday night and sat out practice on Monday morning but coach Jon Cooper said that his top goaltender will play. Vasilevskiy is 12-7 with a 2.60 GAA and a .918 save percentage but has given up 11 goals on 68 shots to Colorado in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:32 am
  • Brayden Point a game-time decision for Game 3
    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said that Brayden Point will be a game-time decision Monday.

    Advice: Point missed practice Monday morning and may not be able to go for Game 3 Monday night. He has played in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final after missing two series with a lower-body injury. Point has five points in nine games in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:26 am
  • Brayden Point not skating in practice Monday
    Brayden Point is not at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Point returned to action Wednesday for the first time in over a month after suffering a lower-body injury in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs in the opening round. Point had an assist in Game 1 but was held off the scoresheet like all the Lightning players in Game 2. We are not sure if Point is just resting or there is a problem but that should be sorted out before the start of Game 3 tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:50 am
  • Josh Leivo leads AHL playoffs in scoring
    Josh Leivo has racked up 11 goals and 23 points in 15 playoff games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. 

    Advice: Leivo went into Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals on Sunday versus Springfield leading all players in goals and points. He added two assists in Game 1 against Springfield on Sunday. He had 22 goals and 46 points in 54 contests during the regular season. Leivo also skated in seven matches with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2021-22 campaign. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
     
  • Avalanche still hopeful that Kadri can play in SCF
    Coach Jared Bednar remains hopeful that Nazem Kadri (hand) will be available to play at some point in the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: However, Bednar is not sure if Kadri will be available to play in Games 3 or 4 of the series when it shifts to Tampa Bay. Kadri will accompany the team on the road. He has been back skating and puck handling, but he hasn't been practicing nor shooting yet. Kadri has been sidelined since June 4 and he is still recovering from thumb surgery. Colorado won the first two games of the series on home ice. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 9:10 am
  • Andre Burakovsky will join team in Tampa on Monday
    Andre Burakovsky (upper body) is expected to join the team in Tampa Bay on Monday, per coach Jared Bednar. 

    Advice: Burakovsky sustained a suspected hand injury when he was hit by the puck on Saturday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning. Bednar said that the Avalanche forward is being evaluated on Sunday. It's unclear at this time if Burakovsky will be available to play in Game 3 on Monday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 9:04 am
  • Nichushkin posts two goals to help lead GM 2 rout
    Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals in Saturday's 7-0 Game 2 Stanley Cup Final win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Nichushkin was an early hero for the Avs in this one, scoring goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy in the opening minutes of both the first and second periods. The 27-year-old forward has been amping it up down the stretch in these playoffs, scoring five goals over his last four postseason games - included in those marks, a pair of two-goal showings. Nichushkin has logged 13 points in 16 games for the postseason as a whole. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper shuts out Lightning as Avs go up 2-0
    Darcy Kuemper stopped all 17 attempts he faced in Saturday's 7-0 Game 2 Stanley Final Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: About as low-key a shutout effort as you will see. Kuemper faced barely any real attrition during the contest and was working with a 3-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the first period. The shutout performance was his first in 12 starts this postseason. The Avalanche will try for a near-insurmountable 3-0 series lead when they head to Tampa Bay for Game 3 on Monday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy crushed for seven goals in GM 2
    Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered seven goals on 31 attempts in Saturday's 7-0 Game 2 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Wow. Games like this happen so rarely against Vasilevskiy that it almost feels a little unreal. The star netminder started the game under relentless pressure, ultimately caving for first-period goals by Valeri Nichushkin, Josh Manson and Andre Burakovsky over the first 15 minutes of ice time. The remainder of the contest proved little more charitable for Vasilevskiy, who was dinged for two more goals in the second period and then another two in the third period. The seven goals allowed were the most Vasilevskiy has given up in a Stanley Cup Final start. Indeed, prior to these playoffs, Vasilevskiy had given up more than three goals just once in the Final. He has been hit up for 11 total goals in just two games against Colorado. Now trailing 2-0 in the series, Vasilevskiy and the Lightning essentially face a must-win Game 3 on Monday. They will at least get that one at home. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kuemper warming up ahead of Stanley Cup Final GM 2
    Darcy Kuemper will start Saturday's Game 2 Stanley Cup Final matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Kuemper was nicked for three goals in Game 1 before managing to hold off the Lightning in overtime. He had gone more than two weeks between games after sustaining an upper-body in the WCF. Kuemper and friends will be trying for a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday evening. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:59 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy set to work crease in Game 2
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Saturday's Game 2 Stanley Cup Final showdown with the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy surrendered four goals in Tampa Bay's Game 1 loss. Trying for the rebound performance on Saturday evening. The 27-year-old netminder is as good as they come in these kinds of situations, as we have seen throughout the Lightning's repeated runs to the Stanley Cup Final. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:53 pm
  • Coach Bednar says Nazem Kadri is 'getting better'
    Nazem Kadri (hand) is "getting better," according to coach Jared Bednar, but there was no update on his status beyond that. 

    Advice: Kadri skated before Friday's practice. He has been using a stick during his on-ice sessions of late for a some puck handling, but he hasn't been shooting yet. Kadri has been making some progress, though, which bodes well for a possible return at some point during the Stanley Cup Final.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:51 am
  • Nazem Kadri skates again Thursday, making progress
    Nazem Kadri (hand) skated on Thursday and he appears to be making progress. 

    Advice: Kadri reportedly had thumb surgery shortly after he was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on June 4 against Edmonton. He had been skating previously, but Thursday's session was his first with the use of a stick since the procedure. Kadri did some light puck handling as well. He may be available to return at some point during the Stanley Cup Final versus Tampa Bay.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:10 pm
  • J.T. Compher collects a helper in Game 1 win
    J.T. Compher contributed an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Cup Final. 

    Advice: Compher had the secondary helper on Andre Burakovsky's game winner, which came just 1:23 into the extra period. He was also credited with four shots and two blocks in the match. Compher, who centered the second line on Wednesday night, has five goals, eight points, 20 shots, 13 blocks and 13 hits in 15 contests this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 34 saves in Game 1 defeat
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy had never allowed three or more goals in the first period of a playoff game in his career going into the 2022 Stanley Cup Final opener. That changed on Wednesday night when he surrendered three goals on 15 shots to Colorado. The Lightning scored twice in the second stanza to force overtime, but Andre Burakovsky scored the game winner for the Avalanche early into the extra period. Vasilevskiy will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday after his four-game win streak was snapped.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm