Duchene had a pair of assists Wednesday in a 4-3 triumph over the Maple Leafs.
Duchene has openly wondered whether he might have been a disruption for the Senators, but his play in January could calm those fears. With six points in his past four contests, Duchene might finally have found his niche in Ottawa. The Sens are likely too far gone to save their season, but if this spurt is real, Duchene can still salvage his campaign and become a contributor for your squad. If you can get him cheaply, it's not a bad idea to do so.
Duchene (illness) will play Tuesday against the Blackhawks.
Duchene didn't miss a game due to this illness, and he's still slated in a top-six role with the Sens. Since the turn of the calendar, Duchene has three goals and one assist through three games, while firing 12 shots on goal. He struggled immensely before this spurt of energy, though, posting just two points in the prior 10 contests, making him a tough fantasy play.
Duchene (illness) will take warmups to determine if he'll be active for Tuesday evening's home contest against the Blackhawks, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
In other words, Duchene is shaping up to be a game-time decision. His 10 points with Ottawa represent a carbon copy of his total with the Avalanche prior to the Nov. 5 blockbuster trade, but it's taken him 12 more games (26 in all) to reach that mark in Ottawa, and he's struggling to a career-low 9.5 shooting percentage despite holding down a role on the No. 2 power play. Between the 2009 third overall pick's illness and recent struggles, it's likely best to comb through your fantasy bench or waiver wire for viable alternatives.
Duchene is under the weather, which puts his availability versus Chicago on Tuesday into question, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Duchene has racked up three goals and an assist in his last two outings, which makes the timing of his illness especially frustrating for fantasy owners. The center struggled in his first weeks as a member of the Senators and appears to be finally figuring it out with four points in his last two games, but now could miss time. If the veteran can't suit up, the Sens will need to promote a player from the minors to fill out the lineup.
Duchene recorded two goals -- including the game-winner -- and added an assist during Friday's 6-5 overtime win against San Jose.
This was just the second multi-point showing for Duchene as a Senator, and it improves him to only five goals and four assists through 25 games since being dealt to Ottawa. There is no questioning his talent, and this might prove to be the kick-start of an offensive surge for the 26-year-old center. However, it's probably wise to keep expectations in check, especially considering Duchene's scoring struggles date back to last season.