The Avalanche will be without one of its key players and veteran leaders for the next 2-4 weeks, as forward Milan Hejduk
will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.
Hejduk has already missed six games this season due to the knee injury, including Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils
The 33-year-old is tied for fourth on the club with 30 points (15g/15a) in 40 games this season. He is also tied for second on the Avalanche in goals and leads the team with six power-play tallies.
During Sunday’s practice, T.J. Galiardi
and Brandon Yip
played the wings on a line centered by Matt Duchene
– the spot a healthy Hejduk would normally occupy.
"Obviously he’s one of our better players and a guy who contributes a lot offensively for our team," said Duchene. "He’s a guy that I’ve played with most of the year and have had great chemistry with, so it’s tough to lose a great linemate like that."
If the past few months are any indication, someone will step up and fill the scoring void left by Hejduk’s absence. It has seemed to be a calling card of the club this season; when someone goes down, everyone else in the locker room picks up their game.
"There’s going to be some added opportunities for guys," said Duchene. "It’s just going to be a matter of who steps up to the plate and fills that role. It’s tough to lose a guy like that, but it can mean more chances for other guys."
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