Chris Mascaro
Monday March 31st, 2014

Matt Duchene (Karl Gehring/Getty Images) Matt Duchene (forefront) scored 23 goals in 71 games this season. (Karl Gehring/Getty Images)

Avalanche center Matt Duchene has a knee injury and will miss "roughly" four weeks, the team announced on Monday.

Duchene, who had an MRI on Sunday, suffered the injury on his first shift of Saturday's 3-2 win over the Sharks. He collided knee-to-knee with teammate Jamie McGinn and made it back to the bench on his own power but didn't return to the game.

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The 23-year-old leads the team in points (70) and assists (47), and his +8 rating was the best of his five-year career.

The Haliburton, Ontario, native won a gold medal with Team Canada in Sochi.

Colorado (47-21-6), which has won three in a row, will likely be without Duchene through the first round of the playoffs, which begins on April 16. The Avalanche clinched their first playoff berth since 2010 on Saturday. MUIR: Today's must-read NHL stories

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