Matt Duchene, who leads the Avalanche with 70 points, won’t return until the playoffs. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
Despite a solid 3-2 win over the Sharks, the Avalanche took a couple of lumps on Saturday night. Center Ryan O’Reilly lost his bid to make it through the entire season penalty-free when he was called for, of all things, playing with a broken stick. (Come on, stripes, it was a bogus call and you know it.) And first-line center Matt Duchene skated all of one shift before he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn and was forced him to leave the game.
As it turns out, the Duchene incident will have an impact going forward.
Colorado announced at practice on Monday morning that Duchene, the club’s leading scorer, will miss approximately four weeks with a knee injury. With the playoffs two weeks away and a postseason date with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks all but booked, it’s not exactly the most fortuitous timing.