NHL Buzz: MacKinnon out for Avalanche with undisclosed injury

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Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon will not play against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, BSW, ESPN+, NHL.TV) because of an undisclosed injury.

“He’s day to day,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “He got dinged up in the Vegas game (2-1 win on Monday), unrelated to the injury he had the previous two games. At this point, we’re trying to get him ready for the playoffs, so he’s unable to play tonight and hopefully he’s good and healthy and ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.”

MacKinnon missed two games because of a lower-body injury May 7 and 8 before returning Monday. He leads the Avalanche in scoring with 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) in 48 games.

Colorado (37-13-4) is second in the eight-team Honda West Division, two points behind the Golden Knights and has clinched a berth in the playoffs. Their opponent has not been determined and the start date for their playoff series has not been announced.

Defenseman Samuel Girard will return to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. — Rick Sadowski

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Henrik Borgstrom agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract.

The 23-year-old forward was acquired by the Blackhawks in a trade with the Florida Panthers on April 8. He scored 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 30 games for HIFK in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland.

“He’s an intriguing player,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He could be a nice piece for us next year, certainly as far as his skill set goes. He’s a big kid, tall (6-foot-3, 199 pounds), has good hands, can make plays. He’s an offensive type player but has pretty good instincts for the game as well.”

Selected by the Panthers with the No. 23 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Borgstrom has scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 58 NHL games, all with Florida. He scored 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 49 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League last season.

“He’s competitive and I’m excited to work with hm,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I feel those are the type of guys you love to have because they can take a huge step and help your team. There’s no promises, but there’s an opportunity earn a big role and help us win. He can play center, he’s played some wing, so there’s flexibility there.”

Chicago (24-25-7) finished sixth in the eight-team Discover Central Division. The top four teams (Carolina Hurricanes, Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators) qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. — Tracey Myers

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