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Avs lose leading scorer Duchene to groin injury

Matt Duchene

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, left, celebrates after his third goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Dallas. The Dallas Stars won 7-6 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)


Colorado center Matt Duchene will miss Tuesday night’s game against San Jose with a groin injury, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

Duchene, 22, leads all Avalanche scorers this season with 17 points in 17 games, but has gone scoreless in his last three games while posting a minus-4 rating.

He was also held to just 15:28 in ice time during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Kings, way down from the 21:22 he’s averaging per game this season.

Duchene didn’t participate in Tuesday’s morning skate and, according to Dater, has not been given a timetable to return by the club.

The Avalanche are already without the services of Steve Downie, who was lost for the year after tearing his ACL in January, as well as defensemen Erik Johnson (head) and Ryan Wilson (leg), both of whom are on injured reserve.