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Roy: MacKinnon (hip) could have played Tuesday, will Thursday

Sep 25, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 2-1.
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If Tuesday’s match against the Dallas Stars was a regular season game, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy thinks Nathan MacKinnon would have been available. Instead, he sat out the contest as expected due to a hip flexor injury.

That said, for those that were afraid that MacKinnon might have been held out for something other than precautionary reasons, it will be a relief to hear that he’s projected to be back in the lineup on Thursday.

“We just want to make sure that no chances were taken in a situation like this,” Roy told Altitude Sports. He added that MacKinnon has been skating.

The 18-year-old forward was taken with the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, so it’s no surprise that the Avalanche want to err heavily on the side of caution. He’ll naturally receive a lot of attention this season, but Roy might limit his playing time in an attempt to ease him into the league and take some of the pressure off him.

  1. tapefolie - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Pat Roy is a idiot…he’s already got the 1st overall player in this years draft playing hurt for a reg season game? WTF?

    This is why players this young shouldn’t be playing in the league. It’s not just for extra seasoning, it’s also because if they play before they have a chance to fill out they have a greater chance of getting hurt.

    • pxland - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      I wish the Avs had hired you instead of Roy. True genius is very hard to come by these days.

    • jernster21 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      Clearly reading comprehension isn’t a quality you possess, so let me break it down for you: it’s preseason, MacKinnon sat out of a preseason game. If it would have been a regular season game, he likely would have played. Get it? Further, I wouldn’t quality a hip flexor tweak as an “injury” – if you play hockey, this is going to happen, and it’s more of an annoyance than anything else but it’s not going to go away without resting it.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      Hey clueless buffoon, the “injury” is from MacKinnon not stretching properly and nothing the team is worried about.

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