Duchene to have MRI on Sunday; Roy believes 'he's going to be back for playoffs'

Chris Battaglia
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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is confident his team has not seen the last of leading scorer Matt Duchene this season.

"I'm always a positive person. I believe that he's going to be back for playoffs," Roy said of Duchene after Saturday's game. "At the same time, we lost Peter Forsberg after the second round the year we won the Stanley Cup (in 2001). A team is a team. You have to go out there and play hard and find ways to win games. That's what we're going to continue to do."

Duchene is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury suffered when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn 32 seconds into the contest.

John Mitchell, who contributed a goal and an assist in the 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, called Duchene's injury "a significant loss" if he's out for a while, but noted the team had dealt with injuries throughout the season. Captain Gabriel Landeskog called Duchene "one of our best players," but said his injury doesn't change anything for the NHL's latest playoff-bound team.