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.
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 said that Duchene will be reevaluated Sunday before the Avs hit the road for a back-to-back sdt against the Predators and Blues on Monday and Tuesday.
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