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Avs’ Tanguay (knee) out at least two weeks

Nov 4, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche have lost one of their most productive forwards, as head coach Patrick Roy announced Alex Tanguay would miss the next two weeks — minimum — with a knee injury.

Tanguay, who turns 34 this month, was enjoying his reunion in Colorado. At the time of injury he was second on the team in assists (with six) and fourth in points (with nine).

Tanguay left Saturday’s win against Montreal with the knee injury in the second period, didn’t return, and had an MRI on Sunday. Assuming he’ll be out the full two weeks, Tanguay could miss as many as six games with the ailment, including Wednesday’s game in Denver against the Predators.

  1. jernster21 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    While this isn’t ideal, it might not be all bad, either. MacKinnon will likely get moved up to wing on the Landeskog/Stastny line as he was for the rest of the game against the Canadiens after Tangs got hurt (where he got the GWG). This is good for a couple reasons – it gets MacKinnon more minutes with higher quality offensive players and also bumps John Mitchell up to 3rd line center instead of 4th line center. Maybe with top 6 minutes, MacKinnon can start putting more pucks in the net and by the time Tangs gets back, MacKinnon might have a boost in confidence moving back to center on the third line. The offensive depth of the team is drastically improved over last year – McGinn has been hurt and we’ve only had to shuffle some lines without having to call anyone up from Lake Erie.

    • avscup - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Hate to lose Tangs but your comment is spot on. This will help MacKinnon and ultimately the AVS. Mitchell deserves the chance and hopefully McGinn is back healthy soon.

  2. zacmelvinmcnutt - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Although Tanguay has been productive, I don’t think this will hurt the team all that much. Move up Mackinnon to Stastny’s wing, I think that could work out well.

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