Matt Duchene injury: Avalanche center suffers oblique muscle injury

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado lost their third straight and their top player.

The Colorado Avalanche are crashing back to Earth, and so is their injury luck. Leading scorer Matt Duchene left the Avalanche's 4-1 loss on Saturday with an oblique muscle injury, according to the Denver Post's Adrian Dater.

Duchene apparently suffered the injury during the third period as the Florida Panthers extended their lead. The young forward left the ice and didn't reappear for the rest of the game. The Avalanche offered no additional information on his injury afterwards.

Losing Duchene would only hasten Colorado's downwards spiral. After starting the season 14-2, the Avalanche have lost three in a row and four in their last five games. Duchene was a huge catalyst for the strong start with 12 goals and 20 points through 19 games. Colorado doesn't play again until Tuesday, so we'll probably know more about the extent of the injury on Sunday morning.

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