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9 Matt Duchene C
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 1/16/1991 | Birthplace: Halliburton, Ontario, Canada | Team: Colorado Avalanche | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/69 | Average Draft Position: 42.42
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11/15/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Nets Winner

News: Matt Duchene netted the game winner late in the third period of Saturday's game to lift Colorado to a 3-2 victory over New Jersey.
Analysis: He now has three points, including two goals, in his last two games, but just six points in his last 11. Hopefully this is the start of a sweet streak.

11/13/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Puts Up Two Points

News: Matt Duchene opened the scoring Thursday with his fifth goal and added an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Matt Duchene hasn't really been able to get things going this year, as he'd registered on the scoresheet but once in six games entering Thursday's action. He's well off his normal pace, but the 2009 No. 3 overall pick is sure to pick things up.

11/6/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Duchene Snaps Mini Slump For Avs

News: Matt Duchene snapped a three-game scoreless slump with a third-period goal Thursday, and he tallied in the shootout as well, helping the Avs to a 4-3 win over Toronto.
Analysis: He'd gone minus-3 over those last three contests and had in fact collected just two assists over his prior six games entering Thursday's action. But Matt Duchene is way too talented to slump like that for long, so it's no surprise to see him get back on the horse.

10/31/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Duchene Tallies Two Helpers For Avs

News: Matt Duchene collected a pair of assists in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Islanders.
Analysis: He'd gone scoreless for a whole two games, so of course that had to end. Matt Duchene is a smidge off the pace with nine points in 11 games, but when all's said and done, he'll be close to a point-per-game player. The only real question is how many games he'll be healthy enough to play in.

10/25/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL Avs' Duchene Dominates In Win

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Dominates In Win

News: Matt Duchene had a goal, two assists and six shots on goal in Friday's win over the Canucks.
Analysis: A dominant effort from Matt Duchene, who has come alive after going scoreless in his first two games. The 23-year-old has three goals and six points in his last five games, to go with a plus-1 rating. Forget the slow start, this is the Duchene we have grown to know. The Avalanche broke out offensively Friday, and Duchene was right in the middle of it. Keep rolling him.

10/19/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Attempts 10 Shots In Loss

News: Matt Duchene unleashed 10 shot attempts -- finding the net for his second goal of the season in the third period -- in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: The 10 shots nearly doubled the 12 combined attempts Matt Duchene racked up in the Avs' first five games. While he seems to be working his way out of a sluggish start to the season, Duchene will need his fellow linemates to step things up quickly if he hopes to surpass his 2013-14 output of 70 points.

10/15/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Bags First Goal

News: Matt Duchene supplied his first goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: A wild scramble for the puck late in the second in the second period resulted in some poor defensive positioning for the Maple Leafs, allowing Matt Duchene to take full advantage. Duchene was on the ice for the Leafs' other two goals on the evening, however, resulting in him skating to a minus-1.

10/7/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Finishes Preseason Strong

News: Matt Duchene concluded the preseason with one goal, three assists and a minus-3 rating in six games played.
Analysis: Coming off a 70-point season in 2013-14, Matt Duchene may be in line for further improvement in offensive output this season. He played in 71 games last season before falling victim to a knee injury, so if health permits, his counting totals figure to increase in all the major categories. Duchene is set to serve on Colorado's second line with Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla, as well as seeing some power-play time with a talent-rich unit that includes Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.

4/29/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Picks Up Assist In Return

News: Matt Duchene registered an assist in his return from a knee injury in Monday's Game 6 loss to the Wild.
Analysis: Matt Duchene saw 18:52 of ice time in his first action in almost a month, but didn't quite do enough to help the Avalanche finish off the Wild. He attempted no shots on goal, and wasn't very active defensively, either, logging one blocked shot and no hits.

4/28/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Will Play In Game 6

News: Matt Duchene (knee) will play in Monday's Game 6 against the Wild, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: Sidelined for the past 13 games with the injury, Matt Duchene received clearance to join the lineup after successfully completing two morning skates and taking part in warmups Monday without incident. He'll start on the fourth line after the lengthy absence, but if the Avs can dispatch the Wild and advance to the next round, Duchene could resume playing his usual amount of minutes.

4/28/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Game-Time Decision Monday

News: Matt Duchene (knee) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Wild.
Analysis: Matt Duchene skated with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau at the Avs' morning skate Monday, which bodes well for his Game 6 status, but official confirmation -- one way or the other -- may not come until the team's pregame warmups.

4/28/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene May Play Monday

News: Matt Duchene (knee) skated with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau at the Avs' morning skate Monday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: More on Matt Duchene's status as Monday's faceoff approaches, but based on the Avs' morning skate, a return to action for Game 6 against the Wild looks plausible for the forward.

4/27/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Making Progress

News: Matt Duchene (knee) skated Sunday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if Matt Duchene will be able to play in Monday's Game 6 against the Wild, but if he does suit up, the report suggests that the forward may see work on the fourth line and on the Avs' power play out of the gate.

4/26/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Ruled Out For Game 5

News: Matt Duchene (knee) took part in the Avs' morning skate but has been officially ruled out for Game 5, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Duchene was quickly ruled out for Game 5 earlier in the week, but his participation at morning skate sparked debate of whether he could make a surprise return. However, coach Patrick Roy clarified that Duchene will, indeed, sit out. Consider him questionable for Monday's Game 6, with another update expected Sunday.

4/24/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Out For Game 5

News: Matt Duchene (knee) will not play in Saturday's Game 5 against the Wild, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: Matt Duchene was ruled out shortly after the conclusion of Game 4, which saw the Avs thoroughly dominated by the Wild. While the star center won't play Saturday, his team isn't in any position to take a cautious approach, with the series knotted at 2-2. Duchene has not been ruled out beyond Game 5.

4/23/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Nearing Return

News: Matt Duchene (knee) could return before the end of the first round, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The center skated hard Tuesday, and while he's not expected to be back for Game 4 on Thursday, there's still a chance Matt Duchene could return before the series is over. He racked up 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games during the regular season, and would provide a much needed boost to the struggling Colorado power play that has gone just 1-11 through the first three games of the playoffs.

4/21/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene To Start Skating Monday

News: Matt Duchene (knee) will join the Avalanche for the two-game road swing in Minnesota, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Matt Duchene will resume skating Monday, but it's still looking unlikely that he'll be available for Round 1. However, with the Avalanche already owning a commanding 2-0 lead, the series could end up going as few as four games, affording ample time for Duchene to rest up before Round 2 commences.

4/19/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Unlikely To Play In Round 1

News: According to coach Patrick Roy, it is "very unlikely" that Matt Duchene (knee) will play in Round 1, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avs have played just one playoff game thus far, so even if their opening-round series goes a full seven games with the Wild, Roy's comment eludes to Dutchy potentially missing the next six games (or more). Colorado is fairly loaded with young scoring weapons up front -- with Paul Stastny, Nate MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly more than capable of shouldering the load with Matt Duchene out -- but the team obviously wants their leading scorer back in the lineup sooner than later. If they can manage three more wins against Minnesota, advance to the second round and get him back, St. Louis or Chicago is certain to have their hands full with the Central Division champs. Jamie McGinn will continue to get top-six time in Duchene's absence.

4/19/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avalanche's Duchene (Knee) Likely Miss First Round

News: Matt Duchene (knee) is expected to miss the remainder of Colorado's first round series against the Wild, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Duchene injured his MCL in March and was originally slated to miss four weeks. He hoped to return for Game 3 or 4 of the first round, but coach Patrick Roy essentially ruled him out after Saturday's morning skate. "I don't think we will see Matt in [this] series," Roy said. "I'd be very, very surprised. He hasn't started skating yet. ... I don't think we will see him."

4/16/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Still Sidelined

News: Matt Duchene (knee) did not skate Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The report notes that Matt Duchene is not expected to play in the first two games of the Avs' upcoming series against the Wild (which opens Thursday), at a minimum.

3/31/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Out Four Weeks

News: Matt Duchene will miss about four weeks with a knee injury that he sustained Saturday, the Avs' official site reports.
Analysis: The injury ends Matt Duchene's regular season, and the report suggests that he will likely remain out of the Avs' lineup through at least the first round of the upcoming postseason slate. This is no doubt devastating news for Duchene owners hunting for a fantasy championship as well as the Avs, who will likely draw the Blackhawks in the opening round without their leading scorer.

3/29/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene To Have MRI Sunday On Injured Knee

News: Matt Duchene (knee) will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of his injury, reports NHL.com. "I'm always a positive person. I believe that he's going to be back for playoffs," said coach Patrick Roy after Saturday's game where Duchene was injured.
Analysis: The injury happened on Matt Duchene's very first shift when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn just inside the Sharks' blue line. The collision was head-on, knee-to-knee and we always worry about ACLs in that situation. We'll know more Sunday.

3/29/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Leaves Saturday With Knee Injury

News: Matt Duchene was removed from Saturday's game against the Sharks with a knee injury, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. He will not return.
Analysis: Much to the chagrin of fantasy owners and Avalanche fans, it looks like Matt Duchene could be out for some time, as he limped off the ice in severe pain after colliding with teammate Jamie McGinn in the team's opening minute. The Avs' leading scorer this season with a career-high 70 points, Duchene had been in the midst of one of his hottest stretches of the season, with 20 points in his last 15 contests. Expect the Avalanche to provide an official update on the extent of his injury after the game.

3/28/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL Two-Point Night For Avs' Duchene

Matt Duchene

Two-Point Night For Avs' Duchene

News: Matt Duchene registered a goal and an assist in Thursday's overtime win over the Canucks.
Analysis: Matt Duchene's 23rd goal of the season tied the game up at 1-1 in the first period, while his assist on Tyson Barrie's game-winner in overtime allowed the Avalanche to close in on clinching their first playoff berth in four years. The 23-year-old center has been on fire since returning from the Olympic break, compiling four goals and 16 assists in his last 15 games.

3/26/2014

Matt Duchene, C, COL

Matt Duchene

Avs' Duchene Adds Assist Tuesday

News: Matt Duchene grabbed an assist -- his 46th of the season, good for ninth in the NHL -- in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Predators.
Analysis: After being held off the scoresheet in rare fashion against Boston on Friday, Matt Duchene resumed his point-per-game scoring pace in Colorado's 22nd road win of the season. He now has points in 13 of his last 15 games and sits 17th in league scoring with 68. Strangely enough, Duchene -- along with the rest of the Avs -- didn't see any man-advantage time for the second time all year, as the Predators didn't commit a single penalty against the Avs. Nonetheless, with 10 games left on the docket, the 23-year-old looks poised to flirt with 80 points. Make sure you cash in.