Duchene missed morning skate Monday due to an illness, but he's still expected to dress for the evening's game against the Islanders, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Duchene's absence from Monday's practice doesn't figure to cost him any time, but he took the morning skate off to rest for the game. Barring something unforeseen, expect him to be on the ice for pregame warmups.
Duchene put up his fourth three-point night of the season, scoring a goal and two assists in Saturday's win over the Jets. Over the last 13 games Duchene has posted 11 goals and nine assists. He's been great and is on pace to set a career-high in goals.
Duchene put his name on the scoresheet Monday night against the Jets, giving him 10 goals in November. According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Duchene is now tied with Claude Lemieux (1995-96) for most goals by an Avalanche player in a single month. Duchene will have a chance to break the record since Colorado has two more games in November. The 24-year-old stumbled into the season by not recording his first point until the fifth game, but it's clear as day that Duchene is back to being the point-producing machine that we've been accustomed to since he notched 55 points as a rookie in 2009-10.
Duchene potted two goals -- the first one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. After a painfully slow start to the year -- one goal and three points in the first 11 games -- Duchene's gotten himself to double-digit goals in a hurry, rattling off nine in the Avs' last eight contests. He's been particularly white-hot on the Avs' current road swing, with six goals and five assists accompanied by a plus-7 rating over five games, and the Avs will agains be away from Colorado when they visit the Capitals on Saturday.
Duchene stuffed the stat sheet with a goal and two assists in a 6-1 win over Montreal on Saturday. With a tally in nearly every stat category, Duchene finished with a power-play goal, two assists, two penalty minutes, and skated to a plus-3 rating. It was a busy night for the center, who seems to have finally found his groove after struggling in the first month of the season. Since the turn of the calendar, Duchene has seven goals and five assists in seven games played.
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