Matt Duchene making progress, not ruled out for entire series vs. Wild

Apr 25, 4:38 PM

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy isn't ruling injured forward Matt Duchene out for the entire series with the Minnesota Wild. 

Although Duchene was not expected to play in round 1, he may make an appearance in games six or seven.

"We're very happy where he is right now. Now is he going to play in this series? We're not sure yet. We'll see. He won't play (Saturday)," Roy told The Denver Post.

Duchene has been out with a knee injury since March 29th after a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn.

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Apr 29, 10:45 PM

Avs' Duchene 'not 100 percent' but will play on 2nd line in Game 7 vs. Wild

Apr 29, 10:45 PM

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene saw 18:52 of ice time in his return to the lineup in a Game 6 loss to the Minnesota Wild, registering one assist.

According to the Denver Post, Duchene will begin Game 7 on Wednesday on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau, and while his health is not where he'd want it to be, he's hoping to make some sort of meaningful impact in the series-deciding game.

"I'm not 100 percent. I'm not like I was when I got hurt, (when) I was at the top of my game since I've been in the league," Duchene confessed. "It's going to take a while to get back there, and I have a brace on, which is tough. But there's no excuses. I'm expecting to help the team in whatever capacity possible."

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Apr 28, 8:50 PM

Avs' Duchene returns from knee injury in Game 6 vs. Wild

Apr 28, 8:50 PM

After skating during the pre-game warmups, the Colorado Avalanche have made a decision in regards to Matt Duchene's availability for Game 6 Monday in Minnesota.

Duchene has not played since March 29 due to a knee injury,

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Apr 28, 1:09 PM

Avs' Duchene a game-time decision for Game 6 vs. Wild

Apr 28, 1:09 PM

The Colorado Avalanche, up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series against the Minnesota Wild, may have one of their top forwards back in the lineup Monday for Game 6.

Duchene will meet with team doctors on Monday afternoon, and at the very least will take part in the warmup skate ahead of Game 6.

Apr 27, 1:22 AM

Patrick Roy on Duchene's Game 6 availability: 'We're going to take a serious look at it'

Apr 27, 1:22 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are just one victory away from continuing their Cinderella season and advancing into the quarterfinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

With their opening round series heading back to the Xcel Energy Center for Game 6 on Monday, the Avalanche could get an added boost of offensive pop in the form of injured star center and Canadian Olympian Matt Duchene:

The Avalanche only scored a single goal in Games 3 and 4 in Minnesota, and could use a player of Duchene's abilities as they look to wrap up this series in six games. 

Apr 26, 1:22 PM

Report: Avs' Duchene will not play Game 5 Saturday vs. Wild

Apr 26, 1:22 PM

After testing his injured knee at the morning skate, Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, as expected, will sit out Colorado's critical Game 5 match-up with the Minnesota Wild.

Earlier in the week, head coach Patrick Roy vowed that Duchene would not be ready, but after taking a whirl with Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly the morning of, speculation suggested that he could play.  

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Apr 26, 1:02 PM

Avs' Duchene participates in morning skate, indicates possible return for Game 5

Apr 26, 1:02 PM

Flanking Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly at the morning skate, Avalanche forward Matt Duchene provided an indication that he may be ready in time for puck drop Saturday, as Colorado hosts the Minnesota Wild in Game 5.

This, despite his coach's word. 

Head coach Patrick Roy stated earlier in the week that Duchene would not be ready to re-enter the line-up this weekend, but after the Wild evened the series with arguably the most lop-sided performance in the playoffs thus far, urgency may be challenging Colorado's cautiousness. 

Duchene has been sidelined with a knee injury since March 29. 

Apr 25, 12:58 AM

Avalanche's Matt Duchene ruled out for Game 5

Apr 25, 12:58 AM

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told reporters Thursday that star forward Matt Duchene will not play in Game 5 of Colorado's opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. 

Duchene, who hasn't played since injuring his knee in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn in late March, would surely help an Avalanche team that was massively outshot and looked out of their depth in Games 3 and 4 in Minnesota. While Duchene resumed skating this week, it would appear that the Avalanche cavalry has been delayed for at least another game.

Apr 20, 5:02 PM

Avalanche's Matt Duchene to start skating Monday, will make trip to Minnesota

Apr 20, 5:02 PM

Sunday's news regarding injured forward Matt Duchene should provide the Colorado Avalanche with a confidence boost as they get set to hit the road for their series against the Wild.

Duchene is set to begin skating on Monday and will make the trip to Minnesota where the Avalanche look to extend their 2-0 series lead.

Head coach Patrick Roy has already ruled him out for the first round. But the fact that Duchene was seen walking "briskly" by Denver Post reporter Terry Frei on Sunday is a good indication that he'll be ready for the second round.

And if the Avs can sweep the series, coupled with an extended series between possible second round opponents -- Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues -- Duchene should be afforded the appropriate time to recover.

Apr 19, 2:08 PM

Roy says Matt Duchene unlikely to play in 1st round

Apr 19, 2:08 PM

Colorado Avalanche fans were holding out hope that Matt Duchene would be able to return in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, but that no longer appears to be the case. 

Duchene hasn't played since injuring his knee in late March, and head coach Patrick Roy said he doesn't expect him back in the opening round, via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post

The Avs captured Game 1 in heroic fashion, after Paul Stastny tied it late with the goalie pulled and then won it early in overtime, but losing Duchene could take its toll as the series wears on.

He led the Avalanche with 70 points this season, which was a career high. 

Apr 15, 10:23 PM

Report: Avalanche's Matt Duchene expected to miss at least first two playoff games

Apr 15, 10:23 PM

The surprising Colorado Avalanche will reportedly be without Matt Duchene for at least the first two games of their first round series against the Minnesota Wild. 

Duchene, who sustained a knee injury in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn in late March, did not practice with his teammates Tuesday. 

"Obviously, with 'Dutchy' out it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else," said Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon on Tuesday. "But we have tons of good forwards. It's not just going to be me that they're going to be paying attention to."

MacKinnon is expected to center PA Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly on a secondary scoring line in Duchene's absence. "It's something we're going to start with. Is it going to stay that way? I'm not sure," Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post's Adrian Dater. "It brings some speed in the middle, which I like. I think it's good to have that option for us."

Mar 31, 12:55 PM

Duchene out 'roughly' 4 weeks with knee injury; addresses fans on Twitter

Mar 31, 12:55 PM

With his team set to clinch a playoff berth, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has publicly responded to the news that he is set to miss "roughly" four weeks with a knee injury.

Duchene appeared in six playoff games as a rookie with the Avalanche back in 2010, recording three assists.

Mar 31, 11:38 AM

Avalanche F Matt Duchene out 'roughly four weeks' with knee injury

Mar 31, 11:38 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have updated the status of injured forward Matt Duchene.

Colorado is scheduled to play their final regular season game on April 13, meaning Duchene's absence is likely to carry over into the playoffs.

Mar 29, 9:58 PM

Duchene to have MRI on Sunday; Roy believes 'he's going to be back for playoffs'

Mar 29, 9:58 PM

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is confident his team has not seen the last of leading scorer Matt Duchene this season.

"I'm always a positive person. I believe that he's going to be back for playoffs," Roy said of Duchene after Saturday's game. "At the same time, we lost Peter Forsberg after the second round the year we won the Stanley Cup (in 2001). A team is a team. You have to go out there and play hard and find ways to win games. That's what we're going to continue to do."

Duchene is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury suffered when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn 32 seconds into the contest.

John Mitchell, who contributed a goal and an assist in the 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, called Duchene's injury "a significant loss" if he's out for a while, but noted the team had dealt with injuries throughout the season. Captain Gabriel Landeskog called Duchene "one of our best players," but said his injury doesn't change anything for the NHL's latest playoff-bound team.

Mar 29, 6:10 PM

Avalanche to get update on F Duchene's knee injury in 'coming days'

Mar 29, 6:10 PM

The Colorado Avalanche know they're playoff bound after clinching a spot with their win Saturday afternoon but will have to wait a little longer for an update on the status of injured leading scorer Matt Duchene. 

Duchene, who has 70 points in 71 games this season, collided knee to knee with teammate Jame McGinn during the first period and did not return. 

Mar 29, 3:42 PM

GIF: Matt Duchene exits game vs. Sharks after colliding with his teammate

Mar 29, 3:42 PM

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene was forced to leave Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks following a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn.

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The collision occurred in the first period and appears to be a left knee injury after he and McGinn skated into each other.

He immediately went to the bench following the incident and was seen wincing before deciding to head back to the dressing room.