NHL: Avs’ MacKinnon to miss All-Star Game, Habs’ Savard out 8 weeks, and more

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon underwent surgery on his broken nose and will sit out next weekend’s All-Star Game, head coach Jared Bednar said Sunday.

MacKinnon sustained a facial fracture and concussion on Wednesday after receiving a high hit from Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall. The hit caused MacKinnon’s own stick to snap back into his face.

MacKinnon out for All-Star Game

Hall initially received a five-minute high-sticking major for the hit, but the penalty was reduced to two minutes for interference after a video review.

MacKinnon sat out Friday’s 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks and has been ruled out for Colorado’s next two games. The Avalanche return to game action on Feb. 10 against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

MacKinnon, 26, has 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) in 31 games this season. He has averaged nearly a point per game during his career, amassing 603 points (219 goals, 384 assists) in 604 games.

MacKinnon was the Avalanche’s top overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

“You lose a guy like Nate, you got to find a guy to fill in there,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Sunday. “We had a few guys take some of his minutes. We are hoping Nate is available after the (All-Star) break.”


Canadiens David Savard out 8 weeks

Jan 18, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard (58) in action during the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard is expected to be sidelined eight weeks with a right ankle injury.

Savard, 31, initially sustained the injury while blocking a shot during Montreal’s Jan. 12 loss to the Boston Bruins.

He competed in seven more games before being scratched ahead of the Canadiens’ 7-2 setback to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. That contest represented the first game missed by Savard this season.

Savard has recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 42 games this season. He signed a four-year, $14 million contract prior to the campaign.

A Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay in 2020-21, Savard has totaled 175 points (42 goals, 133 assists) in 653 career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lightning and Canadiens.

Kings place Mike Anderson on IR

The Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Mikey Anderson on injured reserve Sunday.

The move is retroactive to Saturday, when Anderson sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss in Philadelphia.

Anderson, 22, has two goals and three assists in 44 games this season. He ranks third among L.A. defensemen with 19:56 in average ice time.

He won’t be eligible to return until after the All-Star weekend. The Kings’ first game after the break is at home on Feb. 15 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Anderson, of Sweden, has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 104 games with the Kings since they drafted him in the fourth round in 2017.

Also Sunday, Los Angeles placed defenseman Matt Roy in COVID-19 protocol. The 26-year-old has played in all 45 games this season, tallying 13 assists.

The Kings recalled defenseman Jacob Moverare from the taxi squad.

–Field Level Media