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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Colorado Avalanche will be heading into their
first post-season in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene
after the forward suffered a quirky left knee injury.
Duchene hurt his medial collateral ligament when he ran into a teammate
on the opening shift against San Jose over the weekend. Hes expected to
miss about four weeks.
The loss is a big blow for the Avalanche, who have turned things around
in coach Patrick Roys first season in charge and are in the running for
home-ice advantage with eight games remaining.
"We hope for a speedy recovery to be back as soon as he can,"
Ryan OReilly said after practice Monday.
Duchene was trying to avoid a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn, but
they awkwardly bumped anyway near the Sharks blue line. Duchene fell to
the ice and then gingerly skated to the bench.
"One of those freak accidents in hockey," McGinn said.
McGinn said hes called and texted Duchene, telling him to "stay
Duchene posted on his Twitter account Monday that the "thought of not
playing in the first round for me has been devastating." He added that
he will be "doing everything in my power to be ready for Game 1... And
if not then, shortly after!"
The 23-year-old Duchene has set career highs this season in points (70),
assists (47) and shots (217). He missed three games earlier this season
with an oblique injury. The team went 3-0 in his absence.
For now, Roy said the plan is to move rookie Nathan MacKinnon to centre
to fill in for Duchene, with OReilly and McGinn playing on the wings.
"Weve been finding ways to win games," Roy said. "Well continue to find
ways to win."
Heres an encouraging sign: P.A. Parenteau, who sprained his knee on
March 10, briefly skated on his own Monday. Roy said Parenteau could
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"We have depth and a lot of confidence in our players," Roy said. "Our
players have a lot of confidence in themselves. Its a team concept. Its
how weve been winning our games. Its not going to change."
Right after practice, Roy assembled his team at centre ice, just to give
them one final pep talk before taking off for their game in Columbus on
Tuesday. He told them he was "proud of them" and that the team shouldnt
be satisfied, especially with Colorado trailing Central
Division-leading St. Louis by only seven points.
The message was well received.
"All year, guys have stepped up and done a great job," McGinn said. "We
just stay positive and work hard and good things will happen."
Asked if there was any pressure stepping in for Duchene, MacKinnon
"Im not going to try to replace Dutchy, because you cant," said
MacKinnon, a clear favourite for rookie of the year. "Matt is a big-time
player and were going to have to find ways to win without him."
Roy knows all about missing an integral player for the post-season. He
and the Avalanche were without Peter Forsberg during their 2001 Stanley
Cup run when Forsberg had to have his spleen removed after the first
round. The team carried on without the Swedish star, beating the New
Jersey Devils in Game 7 to win the title.
"Thats the way it was in 2001 -- it was about the team," Roy said.
"Peter was a very important player on that team, dont get me wrong. But
our culture was we had to work hard every time we were on the ice. We
had to find ways to win hockey games.
"Thats what this team has been doing all year. This is what were talking
about when youre talking about a team changing their culture. Were not
looking for an excuse. Were looking for a solution."