Apr 28, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (9) and forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) celebrate a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (2) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Avalanche star Matt Duchene plans to play Game 7


The Colorado Avalanche are preparing for a do-or-die Game 7 match up with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, and they received some good news about star forward Matt Duchene. Despite being less than 100 percent, Duchene is expected to play in the game.

Duchene is dealing with a knee injury that he calls “one of the hardest injuries to come back from,” but he has told the Denver Post that playing through the injury will be all mental.

“Just to physically and mentally be confident (is difficult). The difference between this time and last time I did this injury is, my game has evolved to the point where I can do more than just use my speed now. I can think the game better, I see it better, I’m a better playmaker, “he said. “I just want to bring that tomorrow night, and bring as much energy as I can.

“But it’s tough. It’s a mental battle. I’m not 100 percent …”

If Duchene is able to play well through the injury and focus on helping his team advance, the Avalanche could find themselves soaring through to the next round with Duchene getting a few days to rest.

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