Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon out of COVID protocol, to face Caps

Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon out of COVID protocol, to face Caps

Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon is out of NHL COVID protocol and will make his season debut on Tuesday against the host Washington Capitals.

“Tested positive for COVID, I didn’t believe them at first,” MacKinnon said on Tuesday. “Didn’t feel anything. I was working out the whole time at home, doing all I can to stay in shape. It’s just unfortunate. You know, I didn’t infect anybody in my family. Nobody got sick. No teammates got sick. So that’s lucky I guess. Yeah, I didn’t feel anything.”

MacKinnon received two negative test results before joining his teammates on Monday night ahead of the opener of a three-game road trip.

MacKinnon, 26, was fourth in the NHL last season with a career-high 1.35 points per game, recording 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) in 48 games to lead Colorado to the Presidents’ Trophy.

He has totaled 560 points (210 goals, 350 assists) in 573 career games since the Avalanche selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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