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Devon Toews only out another 7-10 days

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While I still don’t have any update on the condition of Nathan MacKinnon, I do have some fairly encouraging news on the health and status of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews.

Toews underwent an MRI today for his lower-body injury suffered last week against San Jose, and the results were good, all things considered. Toews is only expected to be out another 7-10 days, Colorado Hockey Now has learned. It was originally feared Toews might miss multiple weeks (beyond two anyway) from the injury he sustained, after blocking a shot in the third period of Colorado’s blowout win over the Sharks last week.

Toews, who signed a four-year contract with the Avalanche in the off-season and was off to a great start, had never missed a game in his NHL career prior to this injury. Devon Toews had been partnered with Cale Makar to start the season, as top-two guy.

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As for MacKinnon, it’s still radio silence. The Avs have today off from all hockey activities, so information might be scarce until tomorrow. I’ll pass along anything if I hear it in the meantime. It certainly didn’t seem like MacKinnon suffered any big injury, based on the video of his final shift last night in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean it might not be something serious.

One of the problems in diagnosing injuries a bit more quickly in the Covid-19 NHL is that teams can’t take their doctors on the road with them for games, like they sometimes did in the past. So, you have to get back to your home city to get checked by your own doctors. Obviously, if it’s something major, there are doctors on the road (including the home-team one) that can help, but otherwise there is a bit of a lag now in getting checked out.

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John Walsh

Phew

Mike Joswick

Adrian: I thought the Avs made all their players wear those plastic skate covers, but I noticed Toews wasn’t wearing them, maybe he should have been and this injury could have be prevented or less severe.

Doug Merrifield

I thought it was a Roy requirement, blocking shots and everyone wearing the skate shields. I remember something like that back then how players had to get used to them and Roy made blocking shots an all out thing

Doug Merrifield

Good info to pass along AD, thank you, about the Dr’s not on the road and getting checked out taking more time. That’s useful. Another Covid casualty.

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