Nathan MacKinnon will be out 1-2 weeks for the Colorado Avalanche because of a lower-body injury.

Nathan MacKinnon will be out 1-2 weeks for the Colorado Avalanche because of a lower-body injury.

Nathan MacKinnon will be out 1-2 weeks for the Colorado Avalanche because of a lower-body injury.The center left at 15:00 of the second period during a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday and did not play when the Avalanche defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday.
MacKinnon was fifth in the NHL in scoring with 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) in 69 games. He had played 176 conscutive games.
“Every team is going through a certain amount of injuries,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said after the morning skate Wednesday. “I think you can always count on having one or two, and you’re hoping to be healthy. Just the number of guys that we have out, the guys who play key roles for us, it’s getting to be a lot, but hopefully we’ve got some reinforcements coming soon. We’ll definitely see guys on this homestand.”
One of those reinforcements was defenseman Cale Makar, who had three assists against the Rangers after missing five games because of an upper-body injury.
“I’m super excited to be back,” said Makar, who was injured in a 3-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Feb. 29. “Obviously you don’t want to miss games at this point in the season. I’m just excited to just get out there and hopefully play a good one tonight.”
The Avalanche (42-20-8) are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind the St. Louis Blues.
MacKinnon is the latest player to be sidelined for Colorado, which had lost 216 man-games to injury this season.
Forward Andre Burakovsky (eight games missed), forward Matt Calvert (12), goalie Philipp Grubauer (12), center Nazem Kadri (15) and forward Colin Wilson (58) are each out because of a lower-body injury, and forward Mikko Rantanen (11 games) is out because of an upper-body injury. Rantanen also missed 16 games from Oct. 25-Nov. 29 because of a lower-body injury.
Rantanen, Burakovsky, Kadri and Calvert each took part in the morning skate wearing a red no-contact jersey, and Grubauer was in net for some shots prior to the skate.
Colorado is 9-2-2 in its past 13 games and 17-5-2 in its past 24.
“It’s been tough with all the injuries,” forward J.T. Compher said, “but like we’ve talked about over the last few weeks, it’s been next guy up. So many different guys are stepping up and finding a way over the last month or so to get results. We just have to keep playing the right way and playing together.”
The Avalanche recalled forward Martin Kaut from Colorado of the American Hockey League on Wednesday; he has three points (two goal, one assist) in nine NHL games this season.
NHL.com independent correspondent Rick Sadowski contributed to this report

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