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Colorado Avalanche lose leading scorer Matt Duchene for 4 weeks

The Colorado Avalanche are back in the postseason for the first time in four seasons, but when the second season begins April 16th they won’t have their leading scorer Matt Duchene, 23, who will be out for four weeks after spraining his MCL over the weekend.

The Avalanche are facing a first round matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions, but have dominated the season series with them, winning four of the five meetings this season.

However, losing Duchene who established career highs this season with 70 points and 47 assists will test the team’s depth but head coach Patrick Roy is confident his team will pick up the slack in his absence.

“We’ve been finding ways to win games,” Roy said. “We’ll continue to find ways to win. We have depth and a lot of confidence in our players. Our players have a lot of confidence in themselves. It’s a team concept. It’s how we’ve been winning our games. It’s not going to change.”

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