Morning Mashup: Kadri ‘doubtful’ for Game 4


The Marlies hope to put one foot in the Calder Cup Finals with a win tonight in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals series against Oklahoma City. According to Paul Hendrick, the Marlies will have to go without Nazem Kadri, who has ten points in eleven games so far in the playoffs, as he left Game 3 with an upper body injury and his status is doubtful for Game 4.

Road to calder takes its toll. ashton , mueller and nazem kadri are all banged up thru 11 games. Kadri doubtful for wed.#marlieslive

Kadri’s absence would give Dallas Eakins something to think about at center ice as he and Frattin have been excellent together, often times with D’Amigo on the other wing, though Deschamps saw time there last game.

Links after the jump.



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