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Ahead of the Jets series, Avalanche receives some absolutely brutal news

The Colorado Avalanche were dealt a brutal blow Saturday morning ahead of their series with the Winnipeg Jets.

The team announced on social media that forward Jonathan Drouin will miss the entirety of Round 1 due to a “lower-body injury.” Drouin tripped in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night and immediately left the game. He didn’t return and won’t be playing again anytime soon.

It’s terrible luck for Drouin, who has been one of the best stories of the season. The former No. 3 overall pick in 2013 seemed to find a home in Colorado, feeling comfortable with both his good friend Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

Drouin had a career-high 56 points in the regular season, tallying 19 goals and 37 assists. He played in 79 of the team’s 82 games.

Fluxy injuries happen, but it was even more of a blow when it was a pointless match. The Avalanche were locked into the No. 3 seed of the Central Division anyway, but because of the way the schedule fell, they played their starters against the Oilers to stay fresh.

Forward Chris Wagner was drafted by the Colorado Eagles and is a candidate to take Drouin’s spot in the lineup. Zach Parise could move into his spot on the top line.

Meanwhile, defenseman Devon Toews was not spotted at practice on Saturday, but head coach Jared Bednar explained that he and his wife welcomed a child on Friday. He will play in Game 1 on Sunday, while Drouin will unfortunately watch as his teammates try to take an early lead in the series.