Avalanche center Nazem Kadri skating and shooting in Tampa ahead of Game 3 against the Lightning

Injured Avalanche center Nazem Kadri practiced with skills coach Shawn Allard following the full-team morning skate ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Kadri, who is recovering from a surgically repaired broken right thumb, was stick-handling and doing light shooting. 

But he was not in the lineup a few hours later against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3. He was ruled “day-to-day” by coach Jared Bednar.

Kadri broke his thumb in Game 3 against Edmonton in the Western Conference finals

Winger Andre Burakovsky is also day-to-day, Bednar said, and did not take pregame warmup. Burakovsky injured his right hand or wrist in Game 2 of Colorado’s 7-0 victory on Saturday at Ball Arena.

Burakovsky did not travel with the team here on Sunday but was en route Monday during the team’s morning skate.

Avs left wing Gabe Landeskog, who did not participate in the skate, per usual, said possibly going without Burakovsky on Monday is another “test.”

“But it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. This has been the regular season all along. And (injuries) have been basically the playoffs the last two series. It’s been whoever’s ready, is ready to go. It’s no different tonight,” Landeskog said.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel got the call in place of Burakovsky. “NAK” has played in 13 of 16 games this postseason; Burakovsky has played in 12.

“We’ve talked about it all along how important our depth is,” Landeskog said. “Our depth is what’s going to separate us from other teams and what’s going to push us moving forward … When top lines kind of cancel each other out, we believe we have a real good chance of winning hockey games. You never know with our team who is going to step up on a nightly basis, but it’s always somebody.

“It has been fun to be a part of. It’s going to be another tough challenge here tonight, on the road in a tough building, but we’re looking forward to it.”