After sweeping the Predators in the first round, the Avalanche didn’t show any signs of rust in the second round, as they generated more than 100 shot attempts in Game 1 and defeated the Blues in six games. It’s unclear how much time they will have off after sweeping the Oilers in the Western Conference finals, but I doubt the team wants to sit around.
If there was a chance of Nazem Kadri returning in time for the Stanley Cup Final, I would have said time off is a good thing, but now it sounds like he won’t play again this season. That’s obviously a big loss for the Avalanche, but they’re a deep team. Kadri is one of their best forwards, but they’ve been getting plenty of offense from the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog. Mikko Rantanen has been playing better each game, and Devon Toews has chipped in quite a bit too. Players such as Artturi Lehkonen and J.T. Compher have scored huge goals as well. There’s no shortage of talent on this team and all of their stars have shined brightly in these playoffs.