Nathan MacKinnon Leaves Avalanche Loss Due to Injury

Nathan MacKinnon with the Colorado Avalanches at the Scottrade Center in 2018
Nathan MacKinnon with the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center in 2018. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI/Shutterstock (12411037g)

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon was forced to leave his team’s 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday early after picking up an upper-body injury.

After taking a wrist shot during the first period, MacKinnon was shown wincing. He remained on the ice, however, appearing to favor his left side as he returned to the bench at the conclusion of the period.

Head coach Jared Bednar did not provide any update on MacKinnon’s injury during the postgame news conference, instead choosing to comment broadly on the team’s ongoing injury woes. “This is probably as bad as I can remember,” said of his team’s extensive list of injured players.

MacKinnon has proven to be a key player in Colorado’s season to date, scoring eight goals and 33 points while averaging 22:39 minutes on the ice. This comes after MacKinnon scored 32 goals and 88 points in 65 regular-season games last season.

Colorado now sits in fourth place on the Western Conference Central Division standings, with a 13-9-1 record. They now look to overturn a two-game losing streak when they come up against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.