A return that materializes for MacKinnon

A return that materializes for MacKinnon

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Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon could make a comeback for Saturday's game, the last game of 2022, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  

The center has been out since the Dec. 5 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has missed 11 games due to an upper body injury. 

Head coach Jared Bednar told the media on Friday that his star could be in uniform. He will wait for MacKinnon's “go” to reintegrate him into his training, which could obviously help the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have been defeated in their last two outings.

The Nova Scotian still hasn't put on a jersey that allows him to accept contact in practice, but Bednar clarified that it was only as a precaution.

“The next step will be to tell us when he will be ready to play, the driver said, according to the National League website. In Nate's case, he skates. He spent three practices with the team. He does it all.”

Prior to his injury, MacKinnon was riding at his usual statistical pace with 34 points in 23 games. He notably scored five points against the Buffalo Sabers on December 1.

With 41 points in 34 games, the Avalanche rank fourth in the Central Division.