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Nathan MacKinnon skating – and shooting pucks with “full force” – today in Denver

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Nathan MacKinnon was skating and shooting pucks today at the Avalanche practice facility this morning. I didn’t witness it myself, but a couple of eyewitnesses tell me there didn’t seem to be too much bothering him. In fact, one eyewitness tells me No. 29 was shooting pucks “with full force.”

Sooo…..maybe this wasn’t as bad as first feared. Then again, who knows? There is not expected to be any update on MacKinnon until tomorrow. But this is certainly interesting news eh?

Again, I’m told that MacKinnon was shooting pucks and looking like his normal self. He flew back to Denver yesterday morning, and the Avs beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 without him. That makes the Avs 20-2-3 in the last 25 games he’s missed.

MacKinnon fought Minnesota’s Matt Dumba in Sunday’s game in Minnesota, and it was feared he might have suffered the injury there. Jared Bednar said that the cause for alarm with MacKinnon and potential injury was “high.”

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If I hear more later, I’ll let you know. Maybe the Avs dodged a bullet here. We’ll see.

UPDATE: I’ve actually since seen some video (I’m not going to post it though) and MacKinnon is ripping one-timers, one after the other, in it. Skills coach Shawn Allard was feeding him pucks for the one-timers. Didn’t seem like any serious hand injury to me.

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Karl Keen

Well phew!

dk

Relieving bit of news. Thanks, AD.

Bob Neal

Never fear until the water starts coming over the observation deck of the ship.

Kevin Hopper

Hopefully the reason he went back to Denver wasnt concussion related then

John Klingenstein

You know he’s dying to play Saturday against Lil Cros and the Pens. Looked to me like he injured his index finger. Sounds like it probably was just jammed or sprained

Last edited 3 months ago by John Klingenstein
ricoflashback

Thanks for the update. I’d feel more comfortable if an MRI was taken as a precaution. But if not needed, I wonder what the injury could have been if it’s not his hand. Let’s hope that Nate “Boom Boom” MacKinnon doesn’t have any more fights.

Donald Victory

The new MacHappystick will emerge. Less happy sticking and twerking, more getting open in high scoring areas, and use of that nasty shot ripping at the goalie and scaring the crap out of him. And better defense. Prevention of a goal is the same as scoring one…

Last edited 3 months ago by Donald Victory
Jeremy Barton

So good to hear!! Now tell me that Landy will start skating soon!!

david

So, a bad tooth? Earache? Upper body homesick?

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