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Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID-19 protocol

Jun 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) looks on during the third period against the Vegas Golden Knights in game two of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) looks on during the third period against the Vegas Golden Knights in game two of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon had another positive COVID-19 test Saturday, coach Jared Bednar announced Sunday.

The 26-year-old forward will not travel with the team Monday. The Avalanche begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

MacKinnon initially tested positive on Oct. 11 and missed Colorado’s first two games of the season.

He ranked fourth in the NHL last season with a career-high 1.35 points per game, recording 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) in 48 games to lead Colorado to the Presidents’ Trophy.

He has totaled 560 points (210 goals, 350 assists) in 573 career games since the Avalanche selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Defenseman Jack Johnson, who missed Saturday’s 5-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues after a positive test, tested negative on Saturday. If his Sunday test turns up negative, he will travel with the team to D.C.

–Field Level Media