Report: Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen gets good news on MRI for injury

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman, left, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche right winger Mikko Rantanen. (David Zalubowski/AP)

An MRI on Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen‘s upper-body injury has reportedly come back with positive signs.

Adrian Dater, who covers the Avalanche for ColoradoHockeyNow.com, says it’s good news for Rantanen and he should return before the end of the regular season. He also reports there isn’t a broken collarbone or surgery needed.

Rantanen suffered the injury on Monday in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning while sliding into the boards after being tripped. The team later announced he would be out for “weeks.”

Colorado’s list of injured players continues to grow with forwards Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert along with goaltender Philipp Grubauer also out.

The 23-year-old Rantanen has 19 goals and 40 points in 41 games this season.

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