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Duchene plans to play in Game 7 despite not being 100 percent

Apr 29, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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You can probably say this about a lot of players at this time of year, but Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene won’t be at his physical best in Game 7 on Wednesday. Still, he told the Denver Post that he’ll be ready to go against the Minnesota Wild even with that wonky knee.

Duchene, 23, said that this is “one of the hardest injuries to come back from,” yet he also explains why he’s more prepared than ever to make a difference even if his elite speed is curtailed.

“Just to physically and mentally be confident (is difficult). The difference between this time and last time I did this injury is, my game has evolved to the point where I can do more than just use my speed now. I can think the game better, I see it better, I’m a better playmaker … I just want to bring that tomorrow night, and bring as much energy as I can.

“But it’s tough. It’s a mental battle. I’m not 100 percent …”

Duchene managed an assist in Game 6 against the Wild, although he didn’t register a shot on goal and his underlying stats were iffy. Still, even a Duchene at (whatever percent he’s at) could be a useful player for the Avalanche to have as they face tomorrow’s do-or-die challenge.

  1. strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Stoked for this game

  2. Jeff - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Wild are putting on the foil…

  3. tommyt39 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I just want to see a fair officiated game!

  4. avfanforlife - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Av’s v. Chicago next round…. How awesome is that?!?

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      I’m glad you feel confident after watching your team get badly outplayed in 2 of 3 games in CO, and being lucky to win.

      Hey anyone heard from Avscup, I’m worried, seems like he disappears every time his team loses.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        He’s the first to talk trash and the first to disappear

  5. zraskovich - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    He looked pretty good last night, have to say it!

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Home ice is not a forgone win conclusion, despite the pattern. Wild were SO close games 1 and 5. And I get it that refs are as human as we are and will blow calls, and that “non-off sides” was really bad. 2 officials with a clear view. Do they both have really bad depth perception?

    And no, I’m not whining. I am pointing out that the Wild have every reason to be confident they can win if they play their game well and sweet the details.

  7. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    FUBAR!!!

  8. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    GO WILD!!!

  9. purpleguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Usually the second game back from injury is the toughest to work through as the body is still recovering from the first game. That’s why usually the players minutes are limited; however Roy blew through that restriction when the Wild took the 2 goal lead. It will be interesting to see the impact in the second game back for Duch.

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