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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward Jonathan Drouin for their first-round playoff series against Winnipeg due to a lower-body injury.

Drouin got hurt when he tripped in the second period Thursday against Edmonton. He skated off the ice and didn't return.

The Avalanche practiced Saturday morning before leaving for Winnipeg. Game 1 of the series is Sunday.

Drouin, 29, turned in a career season with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) after signing with Colorado as a free agent over the summer.

Drouin was typically on the same line as Mikko Rantanen and Drouin's good friend Nathan MacKinnon, who had a career-best 140 points this season.

"Super unfortunate. I feel really bad for him," MacKinnon said. "I know he's crushed right now. He's been building all season for this. We can't replace him.

"Obviously, it sucks for the team, but for him as a person, it's just so sad. Hopefully we get him back sooner than later."

Drafted third overall by Tampa Bay in 2013, Drouin has played in 564 regular-season games, with 96 goals.

"That's a tough one for us," forward Zach Parise said. "He's had a great season. He's had some really good chemistry with those guys on the 5-on-5 and on the power play. We have to as a group pick up the slack."

Parise was on a line with MacKinnon and Rantanen for Saturday's practice. Coach Jared Bednar declined to confirm whether the lines on the ice were an indicator of how the lineup might be against the Jets.

"I'm not going to give you that," Bednar said.

Defenseman Devon Toews missed practice to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby boy Friday. The family was bringing the baby home from the hospital, but Toews was expected to join the team for the flight.

Fellow defenseman Samuel Girard skated with the team as he progresses through the concussion protocol. Bednar said he didn't have an answer on whether Girard would play Sunday.

Girard left in the first period of last Saturday's 7-0 loss to Winnipeg after a collision with teammate Ross Colton.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog joined the team on the ice and meandered around chatting with teammates. Bednar recently said Landeskog wasn't close to being a full participant in practice. Landeskog, 31, had cartilage replacement surgery on his right knee in May and is missing a second straight season.

Colorado called up defenseman Brad Hunt, forward Chris Wagner and goaltender Arvid Holm on Saturday from the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League.