Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will make his return to the lineup on Monday night when the Avs face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Duchene has missed the last four games due to a concussion suffered on November 11th against Winnipeg.
Head coach Jared Bednar confirmed at Monday’s morning skate that Duchene will be in the Avs lineup tonight.
In those four games without Duchene, Colorado went 2-2-0, and saw another one of their young stars, Nathan MacKinnon, rise up to the occasion and is currently playing his best hockey of the season. So, the return of Duchene to the lineup comes at a perfect time as the Avs try and climb out of the basement in the Central Division standings.
On the season, Duchene has 11 points in 13 games played and still leads the Avalanche with his six goals scored.
Duchene on returning tonight: “I feel ready.”
The Avs are playing Columbus at a nerve racking time of the season, as the Blue Jackets have been one of the hottest teams in all of the National Hockey League. They have won 6-of-9 games in the month of November, and that includes two victories against the Washington Captials, and big time wins over the Rangers and Canadiens. Colorado is catching them on the second of back-to-back nights though, so is something that could benefit the visiting team.
Puck drops at 5:30 pm MT, and will be televised on Altitude and on the radio at 950 AM.