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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
  • 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
  • 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
     
  • 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
  • Bunting wants to prove 2021-22 not a fluke season
    Michael Bunting is determined to show that his 2021-22 season was not a fluke.

    Advice: Bunting finished third in Calder Trophy voting after leading all rookies with 63 points in 79 games. Playing alongside stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner did not hurt his cause but he was a strong third member of the top line for a good portion of the season. “I have to show that this year was not a fluke,” Bunting said. “I have to be consistent because that’s what good hockey players do. They do it every single year. So definitely, I have to take my game up a level. I can’t be comfortable with what I did. I was fortunate that I landed on a spot with Matty and Mitch, and we gelled and we rolled all year together. I was proud of myself, the way I handled everything. It was quite the path to get to the NHL. I stuck to my game and believed in myself and I had a pretty successful year by doing all of that.” Look for a 25 goal, 70 point season from Bunting if he remains on the top line most of the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon draws assist in Game 5 loss
    Nathan MacKinnon picked up an assist as the Avalanche dropped Game 5 by a 3-2 count to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: MacKinnon has a 10-game points streak at home as he has picked up at least one point in every playoff game at Ball Arena this season. The Colorado center has 12 goals and 22 points in 19 games but he has picked up only four points in the five Stanley Cup Final games thus far. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Steven Stamkos picks up assist in vital Game 5 win
    Steven Stamkos picked up an assist in the Lightning's 3-2 Game 5 win over Colorado.

    Advice: With their backs against the wall trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and the game in Colorado, the Lightning prevailed in a 3-2 win. Stamkos picked up his helper on Nikita Kucherov's power play goal in the second period. Stamkos has 10 goals and 18 points in 22 games thus far. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:04 am
  • Corey Perry earns two helpers in Game 5 of SCF
    Corey Perry picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 win over Colorado in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Advice: Perry assisted on goals by Jan Rutta and Nikita Kucherov (power play) on the contest. He also had two shots and two hits in 12:16 of ice time. Perry is up to 11 points, including six goals, in 22 games this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov scores in Game 5 victory
    Nikita Kucherov potted a goal in a 3-2 win against Colorado in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. 

    Advice: Kucherov scored a power-play goal during a 4-on-3 advantage in the second period. He was credited with six shots on target in the contest along with one hit. Kucherov ended his six-game goalless skid on Friday. He had five helpers and 14 shots during that span.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:28 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lightning will fight with backs against the wall
    Steven Stamkos is determined to keep fighting with the Lightning down 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: “It’s extremely tough to get to this position,” Stamkos said. “And then when your backs are against the wall at the end, it’s the toughest mountain to climb. There’s nothing to lose now. We’ve got to go out and have the game of our season next game. We know it’s going to be difficult. We know they’re a heck of a team over there, but we’re not going to quit. We’ve gone too far and guys have sacrificed so much to get to this position. So we’ll regroup here and go win a game on the road.” The Lightning are trying to become the first team to win three straight championships since the New York Islanders in the 1980s. After the Avalanche secured a 3-2 overtime victory on Wednesday, the Lightning have been must win Game 5 on Friday to stay in the series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 5:38 am
  • 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
  • Nathan MacKinnon gets on the board in Cup Final
    Nathan MacKinnon netted a goal in a 3-2 overtime victory versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: MacKinnon was certainly due for a goal in the Cup Final after piling up 14 shots on target over the first three games of the series and being credited with eight more on Wednesday. He had two assists in the first three contests of the series and a six-game point streak that was halted on Monday, so it’s not like he was struggling offensively. Still, getting on the board must have given him some a sense of relief.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:35 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
  • 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
  • Nikita Kucherov expected to play in Game 4 of SCF
    Nikita Kucherov (lower body) is expected to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night against Colorado. 

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said that he anticipates having the same lineup as Game 3 on Monday night. He also stated on Tuesday that he believed that Kucherov would be available to play in Game 4 after the Lightning forward was injured late in the third period of Monday's contest.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:30 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
  • Lightning HC thinks Kucherov will play in Game 4
    Lightning coach Jon Cooper believes that Nikita Kucherov (lower body) will be available for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

    Advice: That has to come as a huge relief to Lightning fans after Kucherov left Monday's contest. He sustained what appeared to be a leg injury when he was knocked to the ice awkwardly by Avalanche defender Devon Toews. Kucherov has seven goals and 26 points in 20 playoff contests this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:18 am
  • Corey Perry sets unique NHL record
    Corey Perry set a unique NHL record on Monday.

    Advice: With Perry's goal in the Lightning's 6-2 win against Colorado, he became the first player to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final with four different teams. Perry won the Cup with Anaheim back in 2007, but more recently he's made it to the finals in 2020, 2021, and 2022 with Dallas, Montreal, and Tampa Bay respectively. The Stars and Canadiens each lost, but he's hoping third time's the charm in his current set of postseason runs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Nikita Kucherov exits Game 3 early due to injury
    Nikita Kucherov left Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night due to an apparent injury. 

    Advice: Kucherov exited the match in discomfort with 6:05 remaining in the third period with what appeared to be a left leg injury. He was hurt when he was knocked to the ice awkwardly by Avalanche defender Devon Toews, who was given a cross-checking penalty on the play. There was no update on Kucherov's status from coach Jon Cooper after the contest.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:57 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov assists on a pair of goals Monday
    Nikita Kucherov assisted on two goals before leaving late in the game with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Kucherov was brilliant Monday as he was all over the ice but appeared to get hurt late in the game as he fell awkwardly and was cross-checked by Devon Toews. Kucherov has seven goals and 26 points in 20 playoff games this season but his possible injury could put a huge damper on the Lightning's 6-2 win. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Corey Perry scores on the power play in Bolts win
    Corey Perry scored on the power play as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Colorado 6-2 in Game 3.

    Advice: Perry replaced the injured Brayden Point on the first power play and made the most of his opportunity as he potted his sixth of the playoffs but first in 10 games. He has eight points in 20 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Steven Stamkos scores and adds assist in Game 3
    Steven Stamkos scored once and added an assist in Tampa Bay's 6-2 win over Colorado in Game 3.

    Advice: Stamkos set up Ondrej Palat to make it 2-1 Tampa Bay at the end of one period and then scored the fourth goal on a nice pass from Nikita Kucherov. The captain is having a fine post-season with 10 goals and 17 points in 20 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:16 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Corey Perry back on top power play at practice
    Corey Perry is practicing on the top power play unit Monday.

    Advice: Perry is replacing Brayden Point who is not at practice. Perry has five goals in 19 games but has not found the back of the net in his last nine contests. Just an FYI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:52 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
  • MacKinnon extends point streak at home to nine
    Nathan MacKinnon had an assist Saturday to give him a nine-game scoring streak at home.

    Advice: MacKinnon has at least one point in every playoff game at Ball Arena in Denver in the 2022 playoffs and has 11 goals and 20 points in 16 games this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 6:05 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
  • Corey Perry comes up empty in Game 2 loss to Avs
    Corey Perry did not register a point in Saturday's 7-0 Game 2 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Not to single Perry out. As if it needs to be said, nobody on Tampa Bay registered a point in the shutout deconstruction that was Saturday's loss. Perry tied Victor Hedman for team lead with his three (existentially void) shots on-goal. After scoring five goals across the Lightning's first 10 games this postseason, Perry has been blanked for goals over his last nine contests.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:59 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
  • Nathan MacKinnon continues to produce on home ice
    Nathan MacKinnon stretched his point streak on home ice to eight consecutive games on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: MacKinnon contributed an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. He has posted at least one point in each of Colorado's matches at Ball Arena during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He will look to match Claude Lemieux's run of nine straight contests, which was achieved in 1997, on Saturday in Game 2 versus the Lightning for the longest in Avalanche/Nordiques history. MacKinnon has 11 goals, 19 points, 87 shots, seven blocks and 21 hits in 15 games this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:28 am
  • 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
  • Nikita Kucherov gets his 100 career playoff assist
    Nikita Kucherov recorded his 100th career playoff assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kucherov reached that milestone in his 131st postseason game, making him the seventh fastest player in NHL history to reach that mark. He's also just one of four active players with 100 career assists, along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Joe Thornton. Kucherov also has 151 career playoff points, which puts him in 29th place in the all-time list, just behind Larry Murphy (152), and Adam Oates (156). NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:05 am