Duchene beat Western Conference rival Jonathan Quick twice in this one despite playing only 11:05. He won't be surrounded by nearly as much talent when he returns to the
Duchene's status for Saturday's game was never really in doubt, but fantasy owners will be glad to hear that he is ready to suit up. The center averaged 18:35 in ice time per game last season and is likely to continue eating up minutes on the Avs' top line. Given his durability and productivity, the 25-year-old will get snatched up early in most fantasy formats.
Matt 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.
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 see a tough matchup against a Capitals club allowing just 2.30 goals per game this season.
Per coach Patrick Roy, Matt 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.