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Report: Duchene to miss at least first two games of Avalanche-Wild series

Apr 15, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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It looks like the Colorado Avalanche will be without their leading scorer Matt Duchene for at least the first two games of their opening-round series against the Minnesota Wild, according to The Denver Post.

The 23-year-old Duchene, who led the Avalanche with 70 points in the regular season, suffered a knee injury in a game against the San Jose Sharks at the end of last month and was expected to miss four weeks as a result.

The absence of Duchene at end the regular season meant 18-year-old rookie Nathan MacKinnon slipped back into the middle on Colorado’s top line. And now MacKinnon’s first ever taste of Stanley Cup playoff hockey will occur without the support of Duchene in the lineup for at least the short term.

No pressure, right?

“Obviously, with ‘Dutchy’ out it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else. But we have tons of good forwards. It’s not just going to be me that they’re going to be paying attention to,” MacKinnon told The Denver Post.

“I think it’s good that, if they key on one guy, we’ll have other guys step up. They’re going to have to kind of choose who they want to pick their battles with.”

  1. clarke16 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Splendid news. The longer the douche is out–the better…

    • dolphincult - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      lmao. avs will crap kick u without douche.

      • clarke16 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Not if the Wild pinch their noses while they’re having their way with you… ;)

  2. mrhyperpants - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    He will be back in time to wrap up the series in Minnesota.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      as the wild wrap up the series that is

  3. purpleguy - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Even if he comes back, he won’t be as effective as a healthy player — those injuries just don’t properly heal within the timeframe this series will run. If the Wild gets good goaltending — a humongous if — they win this series.

    • phuzzyd - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      With Minny’s 24th GPG and 27th PK ranking they will need good goaltending just to make it a competitive series. If they don’t get good goaltending, they will be lucky to win more than one game.

      With Bryz in net I think we all know how this turns out. Av’s in 5.

      • clarke16 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Such a silly, silly little twat… :)

  4. zacmelvinmcnutt - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Seriously? Why is this even a discussion? The Wild have Bryz in net, their only hope to win this series is for that guy to steal it for them and anyone with functioning brain knows that guy can’t do it. Bryz vs Varly, no contest!!

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