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Avs forward Jonathan Drouin out with a lower-body injury for the playoff series against Winnipeg

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward Jonathan Drouin for their first-round playoff series against Winnipeg because of a lower-body injury.

Drouin was injured when he tripped in the second period against Edmonton on Thursday. He skated off the ice and never came back.

The Avalanche practiced Saturday morning before heading to Winnipeg. Game 1 of the series is Sunday.

The 29-year-old Drouin had a career season with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) after signing with Colorado as a free agent this summer.

Drouin was generally on the same page as Mikko Rantanen and his good friend Nathan MacKinnon, who had a career-best 140 points this season.

Drouin was Tampa Bay’s third overall pick in 2013 and played in 564 regular season games, scoring 96 goals.

Colorado called up defenseman Brad Hunt, forward Chris Wagner and goaltender Arvid Holm from the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

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