MacKinnon week to week for Avalanche with lower-body injury

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Nathan MacKinnon is week to week for the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body injury.

The center did not play in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss at the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

“It is what it is,” Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said afterward. “Better to go through it now than in May and June in the playoffs. … We’ll figure this out and keep working. There’s no other way to answer this than we’re going to keep working.”

MacKinnon played 15 shifts totaling 15:24 and had two assists. He left the ice with 18 seconds remaining in the second period and was not on the bench to begin the third.

MacKinnon is tied for third in the NHL with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 10 games. He was fifth in the NHL with 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) in 69 games last season.

The Avalanche (6-3-1) are in second place in the Honda West Division. Their next game is Tuesday against the Wild at Ball Arena (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ALT).

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