TAMPA – John Cooper gave the latest on Nikita Kucherov and Braden Point, Jared Bednar had some promising news on Nazem Kadri and more on the Florida weekend events:
– Lightning coach John Cooper said he “thinks, hopes” that Nikita Kucherov will be available to the Lightning in Game 4. Kucherov left the game after hitting Devon Toews at the end of the third period.
– If Kucherov couldn’t play, it would be a big loss for the team, which most likely won’t get Briden Point in the fourth game. Point played the first two games after missing two full rounds with a leg injury, but did not play Game 3.
– Blitz guard Zak Bogosyan on Andrey Vasilevskiy after his Game 3 victory: “He’s a special player who doesn’t show up very often, so we obviously got very lucky with him. He was the backbone of this organization. for as long as he’s been here, so that’s impressive.”
— Coach John Cooper on Steven Stamkos’ value as a captain: “He’s become a hell of a leader. Here’s what I’ll tell you. He was a damn good hockey player, not a leader. a hell of a leader and no less a hockey player. He’s just, I think, an older hockey player.”
– Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said he thinks Kadri could play in the Stanley Cup Finals: “I think he will be an option for us at some point, but I don’t know how soon.”
– Kadri skated for the first time with the main group in an additional training session. He used to skate on his own before training.
– Burakovsky was supposed to join Avalanche on Monday, but is still in Denver, undergoing treatment.
– Bednar said Bednar says he thought Tampa had a “competitive edge” in Game 3 and thinks his team will play “with a bit of desperation” on Wednesday.
– Bednar said he thinks Keil Makar is the best defender in today’s game and deserves the Norris Trophy.
– The 2022 NHL Awards will be streamed live from the Amalie Arena at 7:00 pm ET. The show will run for one hour and five awards will be presented among other things.