Mikko Rantanen will be out “weeks” after the Colorado Avalanche forward suffered an upper-body injury during a 4-3 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

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Rantanen, who has 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 42 games, smashed into the boards after being tripped by Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak at 7:18 of the second period. He appeared to be holding his left shoulder while leaving the ice. Cernak received a minor penalty. It didn’t look good at all.

The Colorado Avalanche are already without Matt Calvert, Colin Willson. Nazem Kadri and goaltender Phillip Grubauer. The injury bug does not discriminate and one of the league’s most exciting teams appear to be in big trouble down the stretch. I would expect the AV’s to make a move.

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