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Nathan MacKinnon undergoing tests for lower-body ailment

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It’s time to take a deep breath. And, maybe hold it as best you can. Nathan MacKinnon, as I type, is undergoing medical tests to determine the severity of a lower-body injury that kept him out of practice today.

It could be nothing, or it could be…something. Right now, no one around the Avalanche really knows until the tests come back. In eight games so far this season, the Avs’ first-line center has one goal and 10 points.

It was the major bitter pill for Avs fans on a day that otherwise brought good medical news. Cale Makar practiced in a regular jersey, as did Valeri Nichushkin, and both are expected to return to the Avs lineup Thursday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

Avs coach Jared Bednar took a day off from the media, so it was left to captain Gabe Landeskog to try and answer questions about Nathan MacKinnon.

“Some guys are coming back, which is great to see. Losing Nate, and a few guys are playing through some bumps and bruises, that’s going to be part of the season all year long. We have to find a way for the next man up to step in. We all have to elevate our game.”
Asked what he knew about MacKinnon’s prognosis, Landeskog said: “I don’t know. Sorry, I don’t know. Hoping he can be back as soon as possible, but we’ll see.”
We’ve all been down this road many times, Avs fans. Try to exhale. Light a candle, put on some good music. It’ll be OK.

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