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NHL roundup: Avs lose top scorer Duchene until May

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The Colorado Avalanche won Saturday to lock up a playoff spot but lost top scorer Matt Duchene for at least four weeks with a knee injury.

Duchene was hurt in the first period and had an MRI exam on his left knee Sunday. The Avalanche said he could miss one month.

"He's playing so well right now," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Monday. "It's not good news for him and it's not good news for us as well, but it's been the way it's been all year."

Avalanche leads the Avalanche with 70 points. He suffered the injury 32 seconds into Saturday's game with the San Jose Sharks.

---The Buffalo Sabres lifted the interim tag from Ted Nolan by naming him full-time coach. Nolan took over on Nov. 13, replacing the fired Ron Rolston.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but several media outlets reported that it is a three-year deal.

---Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway is in talks to purchase the New York Islanders from Charles Wang for $225 million, according to a report by the New York Post.

Reports leaked last week that Wang was open to selling his majority ownership in the Islanders, and the potential deal with Barroway would include an additional $75 million if the franchise hits certain revenue targets.

---The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with center Mark Arcobello on a one-year contract extension.

Arcobello, 25, has four goals, 14 assists and eight penalty minutes over 41 games this season. He scored his first two NHL goals on Nov. 5, including the winner in overtime, against the Florida Panthers.

---The Detroit city council approved a new lease for the Red Wings' final seasons at Joe Louis Arena by a 5-4 vote, according to The Canadian Press.

The deal includes $5.2 million from the team to settle a dispute over cable television fees, and the Red Wings will pay $1 million a year in rent, retroactive to 2010. The franchise is expected to move into a new arena as early as 2016, although the lease at the 35-year-old Joe Louis Arena could be extended if necessary.

---The Nashville Predators reassigned forward Mark Van Guilder to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.

Van Guilder, 30, made his NHL debut in the Predators' 4-3 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night with 8:27 of ice time.

---The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without Nathan Horton for Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche due to a lower body injury, and the winger's status for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers is uncertain.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Horton has been playing through the injury, but it has impacted him more of late. Horton has 17 points in 34 games for Columbus this season, but has not scored a goal in the past 24 games.

---The New York Rangers announced they have agreed to terms on a contract with Vermont forward Chris McCarthy.

McCarthy, 22, had 18 goals and 24 assists in 38 games this season, and led the team with 42 points.

---Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week.
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