Author: Joe Yerdon

Matt Duchene

Avs’ Duchene trying to not get bummed out about goal drought


Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has just one goal in his past 18 games.

That kind of goal-scoring drought would get a lot of players down, but Duchene tells Adrian Dater of The Denver Post he’s trying to not let it get to him.

“I’m just trying to not let it get me down, and not be on that emotional roller coaster,” Duchene said. “But it’s crazy. I think I’ve hit more goalposts than I have in the last two years in this stretch. I keep getting hooked, but I’m not getting penalty shots or anything. But I’ve just got to keep working and eventually it’ll go in. But other guys are scoring, so just give them the puck.”

A little campaigning for calls is a veteran move, but the points and wins are still coming.

During that 18-game span, Duchene has 12 assists to go with his one goal and the Avalanche have gone 10-4-4. Goals are great and all, but he’s doing what he has to do to help the team win.

Havlat (lower body) returns to Sharks lineup

Martin Havlat

Martin Havlat will get his chance to show the San Jose Sharks he’s still got it once again.

Havlat has been out of the lineup since December 21 with a lower-body injury but, according to Curtis Pashelka, will likely be back on the ice and on the fourth line when they face the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

In 22 games this season, Havlat has three goals and five assists. He’s missed 31 games this season with a host of issues ranging from groin surgery in October to his latest  injury.

Havlat’s struggles in San Jose are well known. Now in his third season with the Sharks, he’s played in 101 games and scored 18 goals with 35 assists. Despite the scoring woes and plummet down the lines, he’s been happy there. The Sharks would be a lot happier with him if he can find his offensive stroke once again.

Postma sent to Jets AHL affiliate for conditioning after blood clot issue

Paul Postma

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Paul Postma’s battle with a blood clot in his leg is over and he’s ready to get back on the ice.

The Jets assigned Postma to St. John’s in the AHL for a conditioning assignment so he can potentially rejoin the team soon. 

Postma played in eight games this season before developing the blood clot on October 27. Since then, he’s been out of action waiting for things to clear up.  

Postma could have a chance of getting right back into action with the Jets because of a back injury to Grant Clitsome and Dustin Byfuglien’s move to forward. He’d likely have to beat out the likes of Keaton Ellerby, Zach Redmond, and Adam Pardy for ice time when he’s ready to play.