The Colorado Avalanche who are battling for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, will have to do it without their two best offensive weapons. Center’s Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon will both miss two more games before they are reevaluated again.
Matt Duchene who leads the Avalanche in both points(56) and goals(29) has missed the past 4 games with a knee injury. Nathan MacKinnon had put up 21 goals and 31 assists after a disappointing sophomore season before being sidelined for the past 3 games after suffering a late 3rd period knee injury against the Calgary Flames.
The Avs suffered their most recent setback for the final wildcard spot on saturday when they lost 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild. The Colorado Avalanche currently have 80 points with 7 games remaining, while the Minnesota Wild have 85 points with 6 games left on their schedule.
The Avalanche have sent 10th overall pick Mikko Rantanen back to the San Antonio Rampage to preserve the first year of his rookie contract. In replacement they have recalled Dman Nikita Zadorov and Forward Andrew Agozzino from the AHL.