Kadri’s coming off thumb surgery, but it was on his right hand. As a left-handed shooter, it’s affecting his performance less than one might think.
In his 1st game back, he attempted 5 shots and scored the dagger – a game winning overtime goal in Tampa Bay’s building. He followed that with a 7 SOG performance at home in Game 5. He attempted 9 shots that night in just 15.6 minutes of ice time. I find that attempts per minute calculation mouthwatering, because there’s a good chance Kadri will get more ice time tonight. That’s because Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin is listed as questionable to play with a right-leg injury. Even if he suits up, Kadri should see more minutes as a function of being in better game shape now.
Excluding the game Kadri got hurt, his 3+ shots prop is just 3-3 in road playoff games this year. Certainly not ideal, but I’m buying the matchup vs. Tampa. Kadri finished with 4+ shots in 3 of 4 games vs. them this year. Tonight, we only need 3+. It’s also worth noting his only miss vs. TBL was by the hook in the game he returned from surgery.
Leg 2: Nazem Kadri 3+ Shots on Goal (-166)