Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse in Colorado, then Matt Duchene goes down.
The Avalanche have lost eight straight and have fallen all the way down to 14th place in the Western Conference. Their latest defeat, an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Calgary Flames, came on the same day that Peter Forsberg announced his retirement. And with the way the Avs luck has been going, it was during that game that Duchene, the teams leading scorer, injured his hand.
The 20-year-old center was hit with a shot puck in the second period Monday. The exact nature of the problem has not been disclosed.
“It’s just something we have to deal with,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “Every team goes through these situations. We’ve never used it as an excuse and we certainly won’t now. It has an impact on our club. There’s no question all the injuries have an impact on our club. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves and no one else certainly will.”
The Avalanche has lost 280 man games to injuries and illnesses this season, the most in the Western Conference.