Kadri has served his suspension and will not miss any time at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Kadri's last absence due to his eight-game suspension was Thursday's Game 6 versus the Golden Knights. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, the Avalanche were unable to force Game 7, so his season ended with him in street clothes. He will likely return to a second-line role entering next season.
Kadri's eight-game suspension has been upheld by a neutral arbitrator, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
As a result, Kadri will miss Tuesday's Game 5 and Thursday's Game 6 versus Colorado, but he'll be eligible to return for a potential Game 7 on Saturday if the Avalanche and Golden Knights' series lasts that long. The veteran forward picked up an assist through the first two games of Vegas' playoff run before being handed his lengthy suspension.
Kadri will turn to a neutral arbitrator to appeal his eight-game suspension, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
After the league announced that commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Kadri's ban, the center and the NHLPA will move forward with another appeal to a neutral arbitrator that will be final. At this point, it's unclear how quickly this may be resolved, so fantasy players can likely expect Kadri to still be suspended for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with the Golden Knights. For now, the Ontario native won't make an appearance in the second-round series unless it reaches a Game 7.
Kadri's eight-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Justin Faulk was upheld by commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, per the NHL's release.
Kadri has already missed three games due to his ban and now won't be available for the second-round series versus the Golden Knights unless it gets to a Game 7. In 10 games prior to his suspension, the 30-year-old center garnered one goal on 22 shots, four assists and nine hits while averaging 15:24 of ice time. J.T. Compher is currently filling the second-line center role with Kadri unavailable, though Tyson Jost has also gotten a look in a top-six role. Kadri can still appeal to a neutral arbitrator in one last attempt to limit the length of the suspension.
Kadri will appeal his eight-game suspension, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Kadri's appeal will be heard by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, but Kadri will also have the right to an independent arbitrator if he chooses. The 30-year-old forward has missed Games 3 and 4 of the first-round series against the Blues after his hit on Justin Faulk in Game 2.
Kadri was suspended eight games for his hit on Justin Faulk in Game 2 against St. Louis on Wednesday.
At the very least, Kadri will miss the remainder of the current series against the Blues and part of the next round if the Avalanche advance. The 30-year-old laid a brutal hit on Justin Faulk , who also missed Friday's Game 3 tilt. Carl Soderberg replaced Kadri in the lineup Friday.
Kadri will have an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety, which could see him suspended for more than five games over an incident where he hit St. Louis' Justin Faulk up high in Game 2.
At a minimum, Kadri shouldn't be expected to play in Friday's matchup with St. Louis, though the league should hopefully announce the impending ban prior to puck drop. If the center appeals the decision, he could push off the start of his suspension, but he may want to get it over now before the Avs find themselves deeper into the playoffs. Without Kadri, Tyson Jost would be the leading candidate to fill that second-line center role.
Kadri recorded an assist, two hits and five PIM in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 2.
While Kadri got on the scoresheet, it was his open-ice headshot on Blues defenseman Justin Faulk that could draw attention. Kadri was given a major and a match penalty on the play, but that may not be the extent of the discipline. He's crossed the line on hits before, most recently in April of 2019. If he is to be fined or suspended, it will be announced prior to Friday's Game 3.
Kadri managed an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
Kadri set up Joonas Donskoi's tally to give the Avalanche a 4-1 lead. The 30-year-old Kadri has picked up a goal and three helpers in his last seven games, showing a little more pop on the scoresheet ahead of the postseason. He's at 32 points, 170 shots on net, 36 hits and a minus-7 rating in 56 contests. Kadri should remain in a top-six role in the postseason, although he may have to focus more on defense against tougher opposition.
Kadri registered an assist, three shots on goal and seven hits in Monday's 2-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Kadri set a physical tone in Monday's battle between the top two teams in the West Division. He also set up Andre Burakovsky for the game-tying goal in the second period. The 30-year-old Kadri has been streaky in 2020-21, but he's put up a solid 31 points with 167 shots on net and 36 hits through 54 outings.
Kadri notched an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks.
Kadri set up an Andre Burakovsky goal late in the second period. That duo was centered by Alex Newhook in his first NHL contest. The 30-year-old Kadri has points in consecutive games since he snapped an 11-game drought. For the year, the Ontario native has 30 points (11 tallies, 19 helpers), 157 shots on net, 34 PIM and a minus-7 rating in 51 outings.
Kadri scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.
Kadri picked a good time to end his 11-game point drought, as his third-period tally forced overtime. He hadn't scored a goal since March 22, a span of 19 games, and he picked up just three assists during his cold spell. The center is up to 11 goals, 29 points, 154 shots on net and a minus-8 rating through 50 contests.
Kadri had four shots on net over 14:08 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
Kadri's pointless night extended his drought to six games, and the forward has just three points over the last 14 contests. Colorado head coach Jared Bednar told Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now that he thought Kadri was playing "too fancy" for a stretch but thinks he's getting his game together. Kadri, who has 10 goals this season, ranks third on the team with 140 shots, so his drought isn't due to a lack of shooting.
Kadri had a team-high five shots on goal in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Wild.
It's been nine games since Kadri scored a goal, and he has just three assists during that stretch. More is expected from a second-line center who holds a spot on a power-play unit (3:41 PP TOI/G). He's third on the team with 131 shots but 12th with a 7.6 shooting percentage, well below his career scoring rate of 11.4 percent.
Kadri notched a power-play assist, four shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's 3-2 win over the Blues.
Kadri was recently moved to the Avalanche's second power-play unit, and that group cashed in when Brandon Saad scored 3:24 into the game. The 30-year-old Kadri has helpers in consecutive games after going four contests without a point. He's up to 27 points, 118 shots on net, 26 PIM and a minus-4 rating through 36 outings in a top-six role.
Kadri had an assist and two shots on net in Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Coyotes.
Kadri set up Andre Burakovsky's goal in the first period to give Colorado a 2-0 lead just 4:31 into the game. The month of March has been special for the Avalanche, who have points in the last 12 games (10-0-2), but not so much for Kadri and his second-line mates. Wednesday's assist was just his second point in the last eight games, and head coach Jared Bednar dropped him to the second power-play unit. He was replaced on the top line by the uber-hot Joonas Donskoi (nine goals, 15 points in 10 games).
Kadri scored a goal on four shots and added two PIM in Monday's 5-1 win over the Coyotes.
Kadri extended the Avalanche's lead to 3-0 in the second period with his 10th goal of the season. The 30-year-old center has racked up 25 points, 102 shots on net, 22 PIM and a minus-4 rating through 30 games. His top-six role and role as the fourth forward on the Avalanche's first power-play unit will keep Kadri in a position to pile up points.
Kadri scored twice on six shots, added two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Ducks.
Kadri picked up a goal and an assist in the first period, but the Avalanche went into the intermission down 4-2. After the puck dropped in the second period, they took control, and Kadri added a goal in the middle frame and an assist on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's empty-netter in the third. The four-point game was Kadri's best outing of the year. The center has nine goals, 24 points, 89 shots on net, 18 PIM and a minus-5 rating through 27 appearances.
Kadri scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and went plus-3 in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Kings.
Kadri opened the scoring at 11:05 of the first period. He also assisted on Andre Burakovsky's second-period tally. The 30-year-old Kadri is up to 20 points (seven goals, 13 helpers), 83 shots on net, 16 PIM and a minus-8 rating in 26 appearances.
Kadri had an assist, a team-high six shots and two hits in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Kadri set up the suddenly hot Valeri Nichushkin in the slot for Colorado's first goal. It was Kadri's third helper in the last two games and eighth setup in the last seven. He's received elevated ice time over the last three games, which the Avalanche played without Nathan MacKinnon (upper body), averaging 21:02 of ice time.
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|05/19||vs STL||W 6-3||0||1||1||0||12:00|
|05/17||vs STL||W 4-1||0||0||0||-1||14:09|
|05/13||vs LA||W 5-1||0||1||1||0||16:15|
|05/12||vs LA||W 6-0||0||0||0||+1||14:31|
|05/10||@ LV||W 2-1||0||1||1||0||14:52|
|05/08||@ LA||W 3-2||0||0||0||0||18:06|
|05/07||@ LA||W 3-2||0||0||0||-1||17:24|
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