Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon replaces injured Matt Duchene

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FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Colorado Avalanche have had many injured players this season and many of them are key starting players. Matt Duchene is the latest among the injured who will be sitting out the season as well as considerable playoff time. Despite losing central players the Avalanche's stride has not been affected and their gameplay remains as good as ever. And the players who are remaining on the ice and active to play say that they don’t have any issue with the missing ones as they have an able and reactive team that can adapt to different scenarios.
Among them is their alternate captain Paul Stastny who said they are no strangers to coping with injuries and their pace would remain unaffected.
"We have done it all year," Stastny said. "Every time that's happened I don't think it has slowed us down. We have kept playing our game, and we didn't use it as an excuse."
Forward Jamie McGinn said that the players had been doing an incredible job all year round and they would manage to cope with the missing players.
"All year guys have stepped up and have done a great job," McGinn said. "We've dealt with it a lot, a lot of injuries this year, but we just stay positive and keep working hard and good things have happened."
To replace Duchene the Avalanche will be bringing in rookie Nathan MacKinnon to step in for him. MacKinnon himself admitted that replacing a player of Duchene’s calibre was impossible but he was out for now and they would have to make do without him.
"You can't replace a guy like Dutchy. He's been good for us. He has a ton of points for us this year, and he's been a huge difference for us,” MacKinnon said. “At the same time we're going to have to find ways to win without him, and we're deep and we have a lot of good players that we can do that.”
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