Matt Duchene Injury: Colorado Avalanche Forward To Miss At Least 4 Weeks With Knee Injury

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene suffered a knee injury in the first period of the team's game against Phoenix on Thursday, and the early prognosis is not good: the Avalanche said Friday that Duchene will miss at least four weeks of action and could be out longer than that.

The Avs cautioned the four weeks is a minimum, and could be longer.

Further tests are likely to be required once some swelling goes down to the knee, but for now the Avs are cautiously optimistic it won't be a longer-term, season-ending injury.

Duchene leads Colorado with 12 goals this season; he's second on the team with 24 points. According the Post, the Avalanche are not recalling anyone from the AHL just yet.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Avalanche, head over to Mile High Hockey. And for more news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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