Mackinnon Sidelined About A Month With Upper-Body Injury

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) celebrate a victory over the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) celebrate a victory over the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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DENVER (AP) — The injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche will be without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon for about a month after he suffered an upper-body injury on Monday night in a loss to Philadelphia.

The team announced the news Tuesday night on social media.

MacKinnon has eight goals and 26 assists for a team-best 34 points this season for the defending Stanley Cup champions. He joins a long list of banged-up players, including Valeri Nichushkin, Evan Rodrigues, Bowen Byram, Kurtis MacDermid, Josh Manson, Darren Helm and captain Gabriel Landeskog. Forward Artturi Lehkonen missed the game in Philadelphia on Monday.

The 27-year-old MacKinnon signed an eight-year extension in August. He was coming off a postseason in which he tied for the league lead with 13 goals, helping the Avalanche raise their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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