Avalanche center Matt Duchene practiced in a orange no-contact sweater Monday. But Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the team's leading scorer is not expected to play Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center.

Duchene, who has missed the past three games since suffering an oblique injury, has not been missed in the Avs' win-loss column. They have won all three games without him, the latter two on the road in overtime against Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Center John Mitchell and left wing Cody McLeod have combined to admirably make up for Duchene's absence, both being promoted from the fourth line and serving as the team's hottest current scorers.

Because of his injury status, Duchene was not made available to the media.

Looking ahead, Roy said goalie Semyon Varlamov would start Wednesday against the Blues and Saturday against visiting Minnesota, while backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere is pegged to play Friday at the Wild to begin the home-and-home set with Minnesota.