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Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon returning after one-game absence

Mar 27, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) fight in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon is back after sitting out one game with an upper-body injury.

Coach Jared Bednar confirmed during his radio show that the 26-year-old forward will be on the ice Thursday night when the Avs host the San Jose Sharks.

MacKinnon did not play in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames.

He 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.

MacKinnon 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 Avs selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media