DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny will miss the game Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets because of a balky back.
Coach Patrick Roy said after the morning skate that he hopes Stastny can return to the lineup on Wednesday against Chicago. The 28-year-old Stastny is scheduled to see the team doctor later Monday.
Stastny suffered back spasms following his first shift on Saturday against Central Division-leading St. Louis. He didn’t return to the game. Stastny is one of the team’s top offensive threats with 20 goals and 27 assists this season.
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With Stastny sidelined, rookie Nathan MacKinnon will take over at center on a line that also will include captain Gabriel Landeskog and Jamie McGinn.