Nazem Kadri of Avs absent for the series;  Evander Kane will be heard

Nazem Kadri of Avs absent for the series; Evander Kane will be heard

The Colorado Avalanche are already without their starting goaltender through injury, then lost another top player Saturday night in their third win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Nazem Kadri was injured in the first period of the Western Conference final when he was checked from behind by Edmonton’s Evander Kane. He won’t return to the series, according to head coach Jared Bednar.

“The hitting is the most dangerous play in hockey,” Bednar said. “It puts him face first from behind, 8 feet from the boards. I will leave it there.

Kane will have a Sunday hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding.

Kane was rated a five-minute major for the boarding but was not ejected.

“I had just done a backcheck. The puck went wide, sort of dribbling into the corner. I know he likes to reverse it,” Kane said. “I was just trying to give him a kiss. That’s all I did. Unfortunately, he awkwardly entered the boards and injured his hands. But it was a shame. »

“You are taught from an early age that you don’t do that. Especially at this distance from the boards,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “It’s a dangerous game. I am on [the NHL] will take a look. »

It wasn’t the only questionable play in the first half. There was also this piece involving Nathan MacKinnon and Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl played injured for much of the playoffs. He briefly left the game but eventually returned.

2022 NHL Playoff Schedule: Western Conference Final

Game 1 – Avalanche 8, Oilers 6
Game 2 – Avalanche 4, Oilers 0
Game 3 – Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
Game 4 – 6 June: Avalanche at the Oilers, 8 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)
*Match 5 – 8 June: Oilers at Avalanche, TBD (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)
*Match 6 – 10 June: Avalanche at the Oilers, TBD (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)
*Match 7 – 12 June: Oilers at Avalanche, TBD (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

* If necessary

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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