Philadelphia Cream – Nathan McKinnon He left the Colorado Avalanche’s first game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday with an upper body injury.
McKinnon, forward, went to the locker room with 8:13 left in the first. He appeared to be in pain after taking a shot that the Flyers blocked in front of Scott Lawton moments before leaving the ice.
The Avalanche, losing 5-3, announced in the second half that McKinnon would not be returning. Coach Jared Bednar did not get a post-game update except to say that McKinnon will be returning to Colorado with the team.
” [He’s] Bednar said: “A guy who plays 25 (minutes) a night and in all positions, so you have to tinker with everything. You just have to keep looking for the guys who contribute. … The guys are going to come forward. And it’s going to be a challenge. It’s been a challenge for us and it seems like it’s getting worse in this one.” stage.”
McKinnon played five shifts totaling 4:58 before leaving the game and getting an assist Alex NewhawkThe power play goal at 3:50 that gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. It was his 26th assist, tied Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers lead the NHL. McKinnon leads Colorado with 34 points in 23 games.
On Monday, the Avalanche played without forwards Arturi to be, who was injured in the upper body against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and Jean-Luc Vaudy (lower body), who appeared briefly in the morning before leaving the rink. Every player is considered day by day.
Colorado also lacks forwards Valery Nichochkin (ankle), Evan Rodrigues (lower body) Shane Powers (upper body) and defenders Josh Manson (lower body), Bowen Byram (lower body) Curtis McDiarmid (lower body).
attackers Gabriel Landscog (knee) Darren Helm Heep has yet to play this season after undergoing off-season surgery.
“We’re losing a man in the game now, and it all affects the players for us,” Bednar said.
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