The Colorado Avalanche are regaining their greatest participant forward of Tuesday’s sport towards the Washington Capitals. Heart Nathan MacKinnon, a two-time NHL All-Star and three-time MVP finalist, will make his season debut for the Avs in Washington after a constructive COVID-19 check saved him out the primary two video games.
MacKinnon’s return comes on the precise proper time for Colorado. The Avs started the season with Devon Toews and Pavel Francouz on injured reserve. Then over the primary week, they misplaced captain Gabriel Landeskog to a two-game suspension whereas Valeri Nichuskin and Stefan Matteau sustained important accidents. Defenseman Jack Johnson scored a objective within the season opener earlier than touchdown on the COVID protocol checklist, although he is slated for a Tuesday return together with MacKinnon.
In opposition to Washington, MacKinnon will start alongside former Capital Andre Burakovsky and fellow All-Star Mikko Rantanen. Johnson will play subsequent to Ryan Murray.
MacKinnon, 26, flew into D.C. on Monday to rejoin his group after receiving two destructive COVID-19 checks. The Avs are beginning a three-game East Coast journey with Washington on Tuesday, adopted by the Florida Panthers on Thursday and Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Regardless of the space from house, MacKinnon is glad to be again on the ice.
“I am pumped to play,” mentioned MacKinnon, who’s vaccinated. “I did not assume I would even get two negatives. I believed I would have to attend the ten days and miss the primary two video games of the street journey and doubtless the third one, too.”
MacKinnon joins the 1-1 Avs forward of a frightening street journey. The Avs topped the Chicago Blackhawks in final week’s season opener however fell to the St. Louis Blues three days later, largely as a result of they had been down six gamers that sport.
Reinforcements are arriving in MacKinnon and Johnson, a lot to the delight of Colorado coach Jared Bednar.
“I might say it is a nice shock as a result of I wasn’t anticipating him (to play) tonight,” Bednar mentioned.
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