Late Friday, the NHL announced that Nazem Kadri had been suspended for eight games for his hit to the head of Justin Faulk. I don't say this all the time about the Department of Player Safety, but the NHL made the right call given the severity of the hit and Kadri's suspension history. Kadri has now been suspended six times by the league, including three times in the playoffs. An eight-game suspension means that he definitely won't return to the series against St. Louis and will also miss games in the second round, assuming the Avalanche don't blow their 3-0 lead on the Blues.
J.T. Compher moved up to center Kadri's line between Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi. Compher scored an empty-net goal.
As expected, Faulk missed this game, as did Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo from the Blues blueline.
Nathan MacKinnon had racked up five goals and seven points over the first two games of the series, so was he the scoring star again in Game 3? Nah, MacKinnon was held pointless on the day I picked him in my daily points game (more on that at the end of the Ramblings). Instead it was Ryan Graves, who scored a goal and added two assists with a plus-4. Graves now has four points in three playoff games while leading the playoffs with a plus-8. Remember that he was also the plus-minus leader during the 2019-20 regular season (plus-40).
Philipp Grubauer stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced to pick up his third consecutive playoff win and quality start.
I noticed Tyler Bozak being used on the Blues' first-unit power play. Maybe because David Perron was out of the lineup again. Perron was the Blues' leading power-play scorer during the regular season (21 PPP). The next six power-play scorers for St. Louis have left-handed shots, while Bozak has a right-handed shot. Another reason that Perron is an important player for the Blues.
Game 3 between Carolina and Nashville went to double overtime, where Matt Duchene was the overtime hero in front of the home fans in Smashville.