The Colorado Avalanche announced this morning that forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot.
“He got [hit with] a shot against Tampa, and we had x-rays. The x-rays were negative. Then he got [hit with] another shot against Pittsburgh,” said head coach Patrick Roy. “He came to the practice yesterday complaining a bit about it. 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 yet to miss a game with the Avalanche since being drafted first-overall at the 2013 NHL Draft. He has 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) through 64 games this season, including five goals in his last five games and nine points in his past 10 contests.
He scored his first NHL hat trick on Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“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.”
The Avs have lost 351 man-games to injury entering Saturday’s match at the Columbus Blue Jackets.