Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon practiced Tuesday as if he was close to playing. Donning a red non-contact jersey, the team’s leading scorer was the first one on the ice in a pre-practice skate and was the last player to leave the ice after practice.

Here’s Nathan MacKinnon just now before #Avs practice, exactly two weeks after his shoulder injury. Was supposed to miss 2-4 weeks. He looks close but still in red non-contact sweater pic.twitter.com/a8JAPqqmBx

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) February 13, 2018

It was his first full team practice since suffering a shoulder injury Jan. 30 at Vancouver, which slated him to miss 2-4 weeks. Tuesday marked two weeks from Jan. 30.

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The Avs are 3-3 in his absence, not including the overtime loss against the Canucks after he was injured.

“He’s coming along,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of MacKinnon.

Asked if MacKinnon will play Wednesday against the visiting Montreal Canadiens, Bendar said “no.” Asked if he could play later this week — Colorado visits Winnipeg on Friday and hosts Edmonton on Sunday — Bednar said: “I don’t know that.”

#Avs coach Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon and other stuff pic.twitter.com/aHpsRHg6as

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) February 13, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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