FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, Colorado Avalanche's head coach Patrick Roy yells on the bench as Marc-Andre Cliche (24), John Mitchell (7) and Maxime Talbot (25) look on during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets in in Winnipeg. Roy's pushed all the right buttons in leading a team that finished last in the Western Conference a season ago back into the playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)
DENVER - Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy says he doesn't expect leading scorer Matt Duchene to play in the first-round playoff series against Minnesota.
Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.
Roy said before Game 2 on Saturday that he would be "very, very surprised" if Duchene returns against the Wild, especially since Duchene hasn't even started skating.
The team originally announced Duchene would be out roughly four weeks, which would have put him potentially back for Game 5. But Roy quelled that by saying, "I don't think we'll see him."
The 23-year-old Duchene led the team with a career-high 70 points this season.
Roy said forward John Mitchell (head) is "not ready to play."
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