Duchene notched a pair of helpers in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Nashville. Duchene picked up right where he left off before his knee injury, reaching the scoresheet in two straight to the tune of a goal and two assists. Unfortunately for Colorado, the efforts have come too little too late, as they're now officially eliminated from playoff contention. The 25-year-old still has 11 points in his last 10 outings and should finish out the season strong with health no longer in question.
Duchene (knee) will return to the lineup Friday against the Capitals. Coach Patrick Roy indicated that the star forward will slot in on the top line alongside Mikkel Boedker and Mikhail Grigorenko in his return to the lineup. Duchene will look to add to his team-leading 56 points on the campaign but will face a tough matchup to do so against a Capitals club allowing just 2.30 goals per game this season.
Per coach Patrick Roy, Duchene (knee) has a good chance to play Friday against the Caps. Roy also relayed Thursday that if Duchene -- who leads the Avs with 56 points in 71 games to date -- does return to action Friday, he'll work on a line Mikhail Grigorenko and Mikkel Boedker.
Duchene (knee) has been ruled out for the team's next two games Monday and Tuesday. The Avalanche continue to slide further out of playoff contention following two straight losses while both Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon (knee) remain sidelined. The team's two stars will sit out the next two contests as well, with Duchene's next chance to return now moved back to Friday against the Capitals. Expect further updates on his status during the week, but the Avs recalled Andrew Agozzino and Nikita Zadorov on Sunday to add forward depth in the meantime.
Duchene (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the week and will miss the Avs' next two games on Thursday and Saturday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Postreports. Duchene (knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Flyers and Saturday's game against the Wild as it appears that his knee injury has been slightly more serious than previously thought. This is not the news fantasy owners were hoping for as Duchene has been quite reliable, posting 29 goals and 27 assists in 71 games this season. Head Coach Patrick Roy stated that Duchene will be reevaluated on Sunday before the Avs hit the road for a back-to-back against the Predators and Blues on Monday and Tuesday.
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