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Rocky Mountain Low: Duchene (knee) out one month

Mar 31, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT


The Colorado Avalanche are headed to the playoffs for the first time in four years, but they’re going without their leading scorer.

Matt Duchene, tops on the team with 70 points, will miss the next four weeks of action with a knee injury suffered over the weekend against San Jose, the Denver Post reports.

The injury all but rules out Duchene for the opening round of the playoffs, which is a huge blow for the Avs. In addition to being the team’s leading scorer, Duchene has also played extremely well this year against Chicago, Colorado’s likely first-round opponent.

The Canadian Olympian has four points in four games against the ‘Hawks this year and sits ninth overall in the NHL in assists, with 47.

Update: Duchene has address the injury situation via Twitter…

  1. c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    thats going to be a tough one for them. heavy hitters like chi, bos, pit, la, SJ, STL and ana can survive that.

    young first timers like the avs are either going to rally around it, or crumble because of it. we’ll see.

  2. areaman714 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    The Hawks just got a major gift. Better lick next year Avs . . .

    • areaman714 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      sorry . . . luck.

    • hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      They are no gifts in the playoffs. If the Hawks should play them, they will not be able to take any nights off.

      • areaman714 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        That’s poetic. A gift meaning that the Hawks are probably now the favorites in the first round series . . .

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        That’s if Kane comes back, and Toews isn’t hurt as bad as most feared last night.

        They’re coming back with the first two games likely in Colorado, where they could be sucking wind in that thin air for their return.

        Of course I like Chicago’s chances better not having Duchene there, but the Avs are one of the playoff teams (imo the one in the West) that could give the Hawks the most fits. And they’re playing in the first round.

        This has “trap” written all over it.

      • hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Comeonnow – I always pegged you as a Blues fan. No wait thinking of someone else . My bad :)

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Man that’s disappointing, the Avs are an exciting young team with a lot of impressive talent. The NHL is always better when Colorado is relevant.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I am not a Avs fan at all, but for those of us, especially me at the beginning of this season who didn’t think they were worthy are definitely eating crow. Myself included. They may not be all the way there yet, but a year or 2 may be in the SC finals.

  5. imleftcoast - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    First the horrible loss to the Seahawks, and now this. It would be humbling for any city, but people from Denver seem to have a confidence far outsized of the crummy city they live in.

    • stepanup - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      You sound like a disgruntled Chargers fan?

      • imleftcoast - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        A happy Seahawks fan. Suck it Denver

    • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      crummy? never been to denver but it doesnt seem like a crummy city and not sure who you think you are to talk down to a whole city like that because of losing a football game and a star hockey player to injury for a little bit….

      lol, kids these days…

  6. blomfeld - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    C’est malheureux …

    It’s good to see the Avs emerging as ‘contenders’ like this, especially after suffering for so many years under the heel of the Canuck ‘jackboot’ in the old NW Division … same thing goes for the Wild. And it’s also good to see Roy doing so well as their coach, replete with his ‘panache’ for color and intensity. Nonetheless, this is indeed a setback for them as the timing couldn’t be worse. And that’s a shame, as I was kind of hoping that we Kings could have had a ‘go’ at these people … 😦

    Oh well, guess we’ll just have to content ourselves with kicking the crap out of the Sharks and Blues then, eh ? :)

    “only a skirmish in an orchard, where the King’s main force would later wish to pass”

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      only Kubrick film i dont own/havent seen.

  7. dbfan4ever - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Big hit for the AVS but I think Varly is capable of stealing games

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      True, but it is tougher in a series where you play the same team every night. The other team gets a feel of where his rebounds–and he gives up many–go.

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