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Nathan MacKinnon out again; Girard to return tonight



Nathan MacKinnon

So, Nathan MacKinnon is out again. Jared Bednar said that earlier this morning on his Wednesday radio show on Altitude. Bednar said MacKinnon “got dinged up” Monday night against Vegas, an injury he said was unrelated to his previous lower-body injury.

BUT, Bednar said MacKinnon would be good to go for the start of the playoffs. Well, actually what he said was “hopefully he’s good and ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.”


Frankly, this worries me quite a bit. Two separate injuries to MacKinnon right before the playoffs? Not good, Bob.

This team just can’t stay healthy, period, end of story.

Some good news at least: Sam Girard returns tonight, Bednar said. It’ll be great to see La Tornade doing his one-man breakouts again. I think the Avs were hemmed in their own zone too easily against Vegas, and a guy like Tornade would have helped that. Bednar said Brandon Saad is skating again, but won’t play tonight. I think they’ve missed Saad a lot, as I said before. They need his swagger and championship experience back in the lineup as soon as possible.

I’ll update this soon…

UPDATE: Bednar said he has “hope” MacKinnon will be ready for Game 1. This isn’t good at all folks, sorry. I’m worried. Jacob MacDonald comes out of the lineup tonight with Girard coming back in.

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David Charpentier

AD, I listened to the interview this morning. He was clear that what is ailing him is not the same. It was a new tweak.

David Charpentier

Fair enough. Whatever the case I hope the rest has him ready to go for the start of the playoffs.

John Klingenstein

Definitely think its the same injury. Looks like a groin to me. NOT GOOD 🙁


Didn’t like playing MacK last game. Don’t like playing Girard tonight.


Also, as much as the President’s trophy would be nice, I’m even more inclined to want Minnesota in the first.


Ouch, not good news. Bottom line is we rise or fall on the health of Grubi as we are all painfully aware. When does Doobie come back?


I’ll take MacDonald over Nemeth every day of the week.

Mike Joswick

Dater, I know you were in Vegas watching the game live, but in the postgame Altitude showed a clip of MacKinnon and he couldn’t put any weight on one of his legs during the game after getting dinged. Looked like either a knee or high ankle sprain. Either way, not good. Bad coaching by letting him play the other night if it is the same injury.

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