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MacKinnon To Fill In On Avs Top Line


Thats what the Colorado Avalanche are doing tonight in Columbus rookie Nathan MacKinnon will man the middle of the clubs top line between Jamie McGinn and Ryan OReilly, replacing the injured Matt Duchene.

Im comfortable at center, MacKinnon said, per NHL.com. Im comfortable at wing as well. Down the road I might end up back at wing. Well see how it goes [Tuesday]. Hopefully we can create some early chemistry and play pretty well.

Itll be interesting to see how MacKinnon, the first overall pick at the 13 NHL Entry Draft, fares in the faceoff circle. Colorado isnt a great faceoff team to begin with (49.4 percent, 18th in the league) and Duchene was one of the clubs most active guys on the draw, taking 1058 this year (winning 50.3 percent).

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports


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