Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon out with broken foot
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon (29) tries to get around Washington Capitals defenceman Matt during NHL play at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon will be out 6-8 weeks because of a fractured foot.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy confirmed the news Friday. MacKinnon could possibly return this season if the Avalanche make the playoffs.
“Obviously, it’s never good news when you’re losing a player like Nate, especially in a key moment in our season,” Roy said. “We’re going to have to find ways to win without him.”
MacKinnon hurt his foot blocking a shot Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but X-rays came back negative. He hurt the foot again Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and an MRI Thursday revealed the fracture.
““He came to the practice yesterday complaining a bit about it,” Roy said. “After practice, he had an MRI, and they revealed that he had the fracture. The doctor made a decision basically that he was out.”
MacKinnon, 19, has 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games. He scored the winning goal in the Avalanche's 3-1 defeat of the Penguins.
The first pick of the 2013 draft, MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy last season after leading rookies with 24 goals and 63 points while playing all 82 games.