The Colorado Avalanche are finally hitting some bumps in the road, having lost each of their last three games. They are going to lose their best skater Matt Duchene too, but not for as long as initially feared.
Duchene suffered an oblique injury on Saturday night in the Avalanche's 4-1 loss to the Panthers at home, sustaining the injury in the third period. However he is only expected to miss one week according to coach Patrick Roy (via the Denver Post):
"We will hope it's not more than that, but [Duchene] said he would need about a week," Roy said.
Just one week is pretty good news for the Avs considering oblique injuries can often have recovery timetables of around a month or so. Obviously Duchene missing less time is all for the better for the Avs as they finally face the task of getting out of a funk.
Not that there is ever a good time to take an injury but this one comes at an especially poor moment for the Avs. Not only do they have the three-game skid in progress but things only get tougher on the schedule with their next six games coming against Chicago, at Phoenix, at LA, vs. St. Louis and then a home-and-home with the Wild, all playoff teams in the wild Western Conference.
Duchene has been fantastic this season for the Avalanche, racking up 20 points in 19 games this season and 12 goals, both are team highs by comfortable margins.