Colorado Avalanche middle Nazem Kadri underwent thumb surgery on Monday, sources confirmed to ESPN.
It’s unclear if Kadri will have the ability to return this postseason. The Avalanche had already dominated out their second-line middle for the rest of the Western Conference finals matchup towards the Edmonton Oilers.
Kadri was injured after being hit from behind by Oilers winger Evander Kane in Game 3 on Saturday, a 4-2 Avalanche victory. Kane acquired a one-game suspension for the play, and he should sit for Game 4 on Monday night time in Edmonton because the Oilers look to keep away from a sweep.
Kane initially acquired a five-minute main for boarding. Once the NHL’s division of participant security decided that it was a harmful play and Kadri didn’t deliberately put himself in a susceptible place, it thought of Kane’s prior historical past (three earlier suspensions and two fines) plus the affect of the damage in its ruling of a one-game ban.
Kadri, 31, had a profession common season for the Avalanche, scoring 28 objectives and 87 factors in 71 video games. The middle was persevering with that manufacturing within the playoffs with six objectives and 14 factors by way of 13 video games.
To start Game 4, J.T. Compher will slide into Kadri’s spot centering the second line, although coach Jared Bednar stated the crew would wish to fill Kadri’s absence “by committee” — indicative of Kadri’s necessary position on the crew.
TSN was the primary to report on Kadri’s surgery.