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Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon to sit out vs. Flames

Mar 13, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) controls the puck in the second period against the Calgary Flames at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the host Calgary Flames because of an upper-body injury.

MacKinnon logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Denver Post reported MacKinnon may have sustained a hand injury in his fight with Wild defenseman Matt Dumba during the third period.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told The Denver Post on Tuesday that the team’s worry about the injury was “high.”

MacKinnon, 26, has recorded 70 points (22 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games this season.

He has 630 points (232 goals, 398 assists) in 624 career games since the Avalanche selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media