Colorado Avalanche fans are nervously awaiting word on Matt Duchene’s knee injury.
This is team is built on offense. Duchene is the team’s top center. He has scored 23 goals and added 47 assists this season.
He went down on the first shift of a 3-2 victory over San Jose after colliding with teammate Jamie McGinn. Duchene was able to put some weight on the leg, but he made no attempt to return to the game.
“I'm always a positive person,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy told reporters after the game. “Obviously, I believe that he's going to be back for the playoffs. This is the way I am.
“But at the same time, we lost Peter Forsberg after the second round the year we win the Cup (in 2001), and a team is a team. You have to go out there and play hard and find ways to win games. That's what we're going to continue to do.”
If Duchene misses serious time, the ‘Lanche wold be a lot less dangerous come playoff time.
“He was playing so well right now,” Roy told reporters. “It's not good news for him, and it's not good news for us as well. It's been that way all year. We always try to find ways to win hockey games, and we're going to have to continue to find ways to win hockey games.”
Center Paul Stastny, a pending free agent, would move front and center in his absence.