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Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon is expected to miss approximately four weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Tuesday.

MacKinnon suffered the injury in the first period of Colorado’s 5-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. It was unclear the exact cause — coach Jared Bednar had “no idea” how it occurred when he asked after the game. MacKinnon was evaluated and deemed unable to return at second intermission.

Colorado (13-9-1) is also missing Valeri Nichushkin, Evan Rodrigues, Gabriel Landeskog, Bo Byram, Darren Helm and Kurtis MacDermid, plus rookies Jean-Luc Foudy and Shane Bowers. The lineup is expected to be at its most depleted when the Avs host Boston (20-3-1) on Wednesday night (7 p.m. MT) at Ball Arena.


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