PHILADELPHIA – Yes, now Nathan MacKinnon is out too. In the war of attrition, the Colorado Avalanche might want to consider just waving a white flag to the attrition side.
The Avalanche superstar left the game in the first period here tonight in Philadelphia after taking a wrist shot of his own and looking in discomfort, and did not return. The Avalanche, already a league leader in man-games lost in the NHL, now may be without their top offensive player for a while. We’ll see.
MacKinnon took a wrist shot from the point, then appeared to grimace. He also took a couple of hard hits along the Flyers bench from Philly forward Scott Laughton. As I type this from the press box in Philly, it’s a guessing game as to exactly how MacKinnon was hurt.
Between periods, on Altitude, studio analyst Adam Foote said he thinks the injury happened from the hits from Laughton.
The Avalanche already are without a virtually constellation of top players. This only adds to the misery.
We’ll update this, obviously, the minute we get more information.