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Avs win spoiled by Matt Duchene’s knee injury

Dec 30, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

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Much like what happened with Columbus and James Wisniewski‘s injury, a worrisome incident formed a dark cloud over the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports that talented but inconsistent Avs forward Matt Duchene appeared to injured his right knee in tonight’s game.

The Avalanche will gauge the severity of Duchene’s injury when he undergoes an MRI on Friday.

Much like Colorado as a whole, Duchene has had an up-and-down season. He’s shown flashes of the brilliance that made him shoot up the 2009 draft charts all the way to third overall (his hat trick and assist against the Dallas Stars was particularly impressive). Unfortunately, his offense has been absent on many other occasions. Duchene has a disappointing 24 points in 39 games, including just a goal and an assist in his last seven contests.

Perhaps a little time off the ice might do Duchene some big-picture good because for all of these concerns, he’s still a promising talent at just 20 years old.

  1. bcisleman - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Avs fans always want you to believe that they got the better center in 2009JT is in a slump right now…and has 29 points in 35 GP.

    • govtminion - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Which is relevant… how?

      • bcisleman - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM

        Should think it was obvious. The article raises the issue of his future and Avs fans never tire of pumping his tires as the better of the two prospects…never mind that the stats do not bear that claim out.

  2. polegojim - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Hate to see this with Duchene. Good kid, good player.

    BUT…. the Avs as a whole are a mess, floundering without identity.

    Who are you? Are you speed? Are you size?

    So far, ALLLLLL that self-confident arrogance from GM Sherman at the beginning of the year was C-R-A-P!!!

    They’re no better…and probably even WORSE than last year. Seriously, Eric and Greg need to figure out how to manage and build a hockey team. It should start with a ‘real’ HC, and NOT retreading Granato either… They need someone with brass balls AND hockey intelligence. Wonder if the Habs have grabbed Roy yet?

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