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03/31/2014 12:15 EDT | Updated 05/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Matt Duchene likely out 4 weeks with knee injury

Avalanche centre Matt Duchene is expected to miss the next four weeks with a knee injury, the team said Monday, possibly keeping Colorado's top scorer out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Duchene hurt his knee during the first shift in Saturday's 3-2 home win against the San Jose Sharks when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn.

The 23-year-old leads the Avalanche with 70 points (23 goals) in 71 games this season.

The injury is a big blow for Colorado, which will return to the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Duchene was also on Canada’s Olympic gold medal winning team in Sochi in February.

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