Skip to Main Content

Avs hope to have Duchene back for playoffs

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

DENVER (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche remain hopeful that they'll have rookie Matt Duchene back on the ice for the playoff opener against San Jose despite a torso injury.

Duchene skated Monday with no setbacks. Colorado opens with the Sharks on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Duchene hurt his torso in a center-ice collision against Edmonton last Wednesday. He briefly played Friday against Chicago, but left when the injury flared up again. He then sat out the regular season finale.

Duchene finished with the most points (55) among NHL rookies. He also was tied for most goals (24) with John Tavares of the New York Islanders.

The status of forward Peter Mueller remains uncertain. He's been out with a head injury after a hit along the boards against San Jose on April 4.

View More

The NHL has updated its Privacy Policy effective January 16, 2020. We encourage you to review it carefully.

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.