DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche will be playing without their leading scorer Matt Duchene for the next few weeks.
Duchene injured his knee during Saturday's victory over the San Jose Sharks.
On Duchene's first shift of the game he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn. He was able to skate off the ice, but was done for the day.
Duchene was expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday.
Monday morning the Avs tweeted, "INJURY UPDATE: Matt Duchene (knee) will be out roughly four weeks."
Duchene posted a series of tweets at about 10:30 a.m.:
"Been waiting to tweet til the official release but just a few thoughts here for you guys... 100 pts & playoff bound is something all of us have been working towards for a long time. Something to be majorly proud of #AvsNation!
"Secondly, the thought of not playing in the first round for me has been devastating. We have outstanding medical and training staff that will be helping me get healthy ASAP. I will be doing everything in my power to be ready for Game 1... And if not then, shortly after!
"We are a helluva team ready for the playoffs. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers they are greatly appreciated! #WhyNotUs!"