PHT Morning Skate: MacKinnon returns for Avs; Pettersson out another week

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• Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will be back Wednesday night against Arizona after missing three games with an upper-body injury. “This is one of the top players in the world, and he’s our on-ice leader and we need him,” said head coach Jared Bednar. “We need that offensive punch.” [Avalanche]

• Should the NHL keep the 2020 draft in July or push it back to the fall? [The Score]

• The first Flames practice with Darryl Sutter on the ice saw a 35-minute bag skate. [TSN]

• An upper-body injury will keep Elias Pettersson out of the Canucks’ lineup for another week. [Canucks Army]

• Looking at Dougie Hamilton and if he has a future in Carolina. [Canes and Coffee]

[Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule]

• Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Jake DeBrusk, who was scratched Tuesday night: “We’re not getting the effort we require.” [NBC Sports Boston]

• If the Maple Leafs are going to have Stanley Cup dreams, they need a fully healthy Auston Matthews. [Sportsnet]

• Barry Trotz on reaching the 1,700 games coached milestone: “It means that I’m old.” [NHL.com]

• Dallas Eakins gets the vote of confidence from Ducks GM Bob Murray. [OC Register]

• Seth Jarvis and Ryan Suzuki are just a few OHL prospects flourishing this season in the AHL. [Rotoworld]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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