Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID-19 protocol after second positive test; Avalanche struggle with lineup

Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon had another positive COVID-19 test Saturday, coach Jared Bednar announced Sunday.

The 26-year-old forward will not travel with the team Monday. The Avalanche begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

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MacKinnon remains out with COVID; Avs lineup questions

MacKinnon initially tested positive on Oct. 11 and missed Colorado’s first two games of the season.

He ranked 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.

Defenseman Jack Johnson, who missed Saturday’s 5-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues after a positive test, tested negative on Saturday. If his Sunday test turns up negative, he will travel with the team to D.C.

Gabriel Landeskog, who was suspended for boarding Kirby Dach will complete his two game sentence after the Capitals game. Colorado also has a host of injured players and will struggle with fielding a lineup.

“We’re gonna take everyone that’s a possibility to play that that isn’t missing with COVID,” Bednar said via the Denver Post. “They can’t travel with you if they’ve had positive tests. We’re bringing everyone that has the possibility to play for us.”

–Field Level Media