When Matt Duchene was injured recently, it was supposed to be a disaster for the Colorado Avalanche. Pundits and fans around the NHL have been waiting for this team to stop winning, yet they’ve continued to pile up with points despite missing their leading scorer and best player.
While Duchene isn’t expected to be ready to play on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post is reporting that the forward is likely to be good to go by Friday. The Avalanche take on the Minnesota Wild that night.
ROY MONDAY: “Today was first day [Matt Duchene] was pain free. … If things progress hopefully he can play against Minnesota.”
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 25, 2013
That’s obviously outstanding news for Colorado, who have won three straight games over good teams. They downed the Chicago Blackhawks last Tuesday before beating the Phoenix Coyotes and L.A. Kings to finish up a 3-0 week. Things don’t get easier for them tonight as they are set to face off against the Blues.
The last time these two teams met, it was a fight-filled affair that saw St. Louis hand the Avs a 7-3 loss. That was supposed to be an “exposing” loss, but the Avalanche have kept on trucking.
Even if Duchene isn’t quite ready to go by Friday, it seems likely that he will be ready to get back into the lineup sooner rather than later.