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Rocky Mountain Low: Duchene (knee) out one month


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...

100 pts & playoff bound is something all of us have been working towards for a long time. Something to be majorly proud of #AvsNation !

— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) March 31, 2014

Secondly, the thought of not playing in the first round for me has been devastating. We have outstanding medical and training staff that...

— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) March 31, 2014

...will be helping me get healthy ASAP. I will be doing everything in my power to be ready for Game 1... And if not then, shortly after!

— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) March 31, 2014