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Rantanen out weeks for Avalanche with upper-body injury

Forward crashed into boards during overtime loss against Lightning

by Rick Sadowski / Independent Correspondent

Rantanen exits with injury

TBL@COL: Rantanen leaves with injury in 2nd

Mikko Rantanen leaves the game midway through the 2nd period after colliding into the boards and does not return

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DENVER -- Mikko Rantanen will be out weeks after the Colorado Avalanche forward sustained an upper-body injury during a 4-3 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Pepsi Center on Monday.

Rantanen, who has 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 42 games, crashed into the boards after being tripped by Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak at 7:18 of the second period. He appeared to be holding his left shoulder while leaving the ice. Cernak received a minor penalty.

Rantanen was out 16 games from Oct. 25-Nov. 29 with an ankle injury.

The Avalanche, who are 0-2-1 in their past three games, were already without goalie Philipp Grubauer, center Nazem Kadri and forwards Matt Calvert and Colin Wilson; each has a lower-body injury.

"I think every team's going through it a little bit," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "But you start racking them up with Grubauer, Kadri, Calvert, now Mikko, our other guys got to step up. It's a great opportunity.

"We have to find a way to carve out wins like we did early in the year. It's going to get tougher and tougher, but hopefully we can get those guys healthy and back to join our team as soon as possible and guys are going to get opportunities and callups, and [it's] more ice time for guys that have been here wanting more ice time. We'll see what they got."

Grubauer was injured against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Falcon Stadium in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series. Bednar said he was still being evaluated. 

Calvert also was injured Saturday and will be out weeks, according to Bednar. Calvert has 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 50 games.

Kadri was injured Feb. 9 against the Minnesota Wild and has been out the past four games. He has 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games.

Wilson hasn't played since Oct. 26 against the Anaheim Ducks. He had surgery and is out indefinitely.

Kadri and Wilson are on injured reserve.

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