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Exclusive: MacKinnon, Makar injury updates



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Avalanche fans can breathe a bit easier right now. Colorado Hockey Now has learned that superstar forward Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be on the ice for Friday’s morning skate, and if things check out normally will be in the lineup for the game later that night against the Anaheim Ducks. Also, Cale Makar, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, will miss two more this weekend. But, the good news is, Makar should be back in the lineup next week sometime.

The Avs, for sure, are feeling lucky after the hit on MacKinnon’s head last night in San Jose didn’t result in anything more serious than what would go down in the books as just one partially missed third period. Here’s the deal: MacKinnon is expected to be on the ice for the morning skate, but there is still the possibility that maybe things don’t feel right when that happens. But as of Thursday night, there was good optimism that MacKinnon will check out OK.

Makar, again, won’t play this weekend against Anaheim. But his injury is expected to clear by next week and then he’d be back to being a player. I don’t know for sure what the injury is/was. So, I won’t speculate. Even though I think I know what it is. OK, moving right along…

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The NHL today, by the way, issued a two-game suspension to San Jose’s Joachim Blichfeld for the hit on MacKinnon. Here is the explanation video from the league on it:

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Brian Levesque

Love the little teaser that you think you know what it is but I’m sure the Avs or you will never reveal it and no update on Byram


I seem to recall that he hit the boards at high speed with his left shoulder in his last game, so…


Ok I didn’t see the game so that would explain it, thanks


I realize now that sounded condescending, didn’t mean it that way, I was just now remembering that incident and thinking at the time he might head to the locker room after that, but he stayed out there. We know he hurt it last year and was out for a bit. If I had to guess, it would be shoulder related, but who knows.


Two game suspension? I guess the NHL Dept of Player Safety wants the players to meet out the punishment, huh? This kind of crap is why Steve Moore was hurt. Being new to the NHL is no excuse. MacKinnon could’ve been seriously hurt. Those pundits on NHL Now, opined on the dirty hit, but never mentioned the extra strides Blichfield took before the hit.

KUDOS TO CHN and Adrian Dater for the update! Avalanche fans were hungry for the info


No disrespect to the former Av, but you whack a Nieto in the head, you get 2. You whack a MacK, you should get 5!


Your quiz has a question about Cale Makar’s first NHL goal in 2019 against the team that drafted him in 2013… I think that’s meant to be Ryan Graves

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2 games was to be expected for a first time offender. Thankfully BigMack is ok.


Ridiculous, no head shot there, sb no suspension.

Charlie Anderson

AD what about Byram?
Death to Bitchfield….I just wanted to put that out there. He’ll get what’s coming to him, Karma’s a bitch too. Hopefully he has a nice short AHL career.

John Mauss

Spoken like a Vancouver fan in the Steve Moore days.

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