Nathan MacKinnon visits Avalanche teammates, still on track to return from broken nose/concussion after All-Star break

Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon could miss All-Star Game after hit from Taylor Hall
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, five days removed from sustaining a broken nose and a concussion against Boston, visited with teammates and support staff before an optional practice at Ball Arena on Monday.

MacKinnon, who is pegged to miss three games — plus this weekend’s All-Star Game in which he was selected the Central Division captain — has not yet resumed physical activity. He will not travel to Las Vegas for any ASG festivities.

Avs coach Jared Bednar was in a meeting during MacKinnon’s visit.

“The guys said he was in good spirits. He’s feeling a little bit better. So hopefully he continues to make the progress that he needs to to get back in our lineup,” Bednar said.

Following Tuesday’s game against visiting Arizona, the Avs won’t play again until Feb. 10 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena. If MacKinnon plays against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions he will have missed just three games.

MacKinnon had his nose “fixed,” Bednar said, but he didn’t know if it was a surgical procedure. Winger Logan O’Connor met with MacKinnon.

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