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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10:  Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche heads for the net in the second period against the Boston Bruins on October 10, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche heads for the net in the second period against the Boston Bruins on October 10, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NHL.com has a story about Matt Duchene's slow start and demotion.

The third-year center skated with left wing Joakim Lindstrom and right wing Chuck Kobasew at practice on Tuesday. The trio will be together Wednesday night when the Avalanche visits Calgary for its first Northwest Division game.

"I just think it's going to be an effective line for us," Sacco said. "I think it's an opportunity for that line to mesh together. We're going to try that line and see how it goes."

 

Another NHL.com article, this one is about rookies staying with the Big League or being sent down.

"(Landeskog) continues to impress for an 18-year-old," coach Joe Sacco told the Denver Post following Saturday's game. "He continues to develop in the right way. He just works hard, and that line (Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Daniel Winnik) has been very good. They really make some big plays when you need it and defensively they're doing a heck of a job. Most of the time I'm matching them up against the other team's top line. That's not an easy task."

Sherman said having O'Reilly and Matt Duchene, who played in the NHL all season as 18-year-olds, as key members of the team, helped him reach his decision.

 

James Mirtle thinks it could be time for mandatory visors, won't Don Cherry be upset!

A player down on the ice, holding his face and screaming after an errant stick or puck hit him in the eye.

And in the wake of Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger suffering a cut to his right eye after being high-sticked on Monday, two high-profile general managers said they have seen enough.