Nathan MacKinnon is back

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The news of the day at Colorado Avalanche practice was Nathan MacKinnon resuming his normal assignment between Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen as he took part in his first full team practice since suffering an upper-body injury against the Vancouver Canucks on January 30.

MacKinnon's return comes after an eight-game absence that saw the Avalanche go a respectable 4-4 in that time, staying afloat in the highly-competitive Western Conference playoff race. Colorado currently sits three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final playoff spot.

In coming back from injury, MacKinnon was quick to say he wasn't suffering any lingering effects of the injury and he's anxious to get back out on the ice.

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