Nathan MacKinnon was back on skates Wednesday at the Pepsi Center a participant in a roughly 90-minute Avalanche practice before the team boarded a charter to Dallas to begin a two-game preseason road trip that will finish in that hockey capital of the world Las Vegas.

MacKinnon is "100 percent again" he said after missing some time with a hip-flexor injury.

"It was a minor thing for sure but it was kind of a gradual thing that was going on through camp. This was my first training camp and I was a little tight before (his first preseason) game and after the first period it just kind of flamed up a little bit" MacKinnon said. "But I'm back ready to go and excited to get my first road game."

MacKinnon will be in the Avs' lineup Thursday night at American Airlines Arena when they play the Dallas Stars. The Avs will conclude their preseason with a Saturday night game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against the Los Angeles Kings.

MacKinnon is a hard skater with a long stride. Is he worried about hip and/or groin issues becoming a recurring problem?

"I've grown a lot the last couple years. I used to be really small. So I'm pretty tight still" MacKinnon said. "But I've been working a lot off the ice to get my hips and groins looser. Obviously with my stride it can be pretty long so I definitely have to work on keeping my flexibility. But I think I think I'll be OK. I think I'll have a healthy career for sure."