Duchene feels confident he improved at Olympics

KUSA - For the first time since Feb. 1, the Colorado Avalanche will be on home ice Wednesday night as they take on the Los Angeles Kings.

The Avs haven't played at Pepsi since beating Buffalo 7-1 more than three weeks ago. The NHL has, of course, been on their Olympic break, plus Colorado had a four-game road trip prior to the Winter Games.

Four Avs - Matt Duchene, Gabe Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Semyon Varlamov - called Sochi home over the past few weeks. Two came home with medals, but only Team Canada's Duchene has that gold color everyone wants.

Duchene believes the talent he faced in the Olympics, should make him better than ever.

"I'm hoping I feel a little bit a head of the game because I just played at the highest level you can possibly play at with that many good players to play against and play with," Duchene said. "You want to bring that energy back to the team. I think Landy and Varly and Stastny are in the same boat."

Colorado enters the final stretch of the season with the fifth best record in the Western Conference. Late faceoff Wednesday at Pepsi; they'll drop the puck at 8 p.m.

"I think the biggest thing is for our young guys now to start learning how to win, and that's something I really learned how to do at the Olympics," Duchene said. "I think that's the most valuable thing I can take back from that experience."

Check out Rod Mackey's report on the Avalanche stretch run on the 5 p.m. newscast.


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