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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.

The 10 shots nearly doubled the 12 combined attempts 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.

Matt Duchene C COL 2 Months

Duchene supplied his first goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.

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 Duchene to take full advantage. Duchene was on the ice for the Leafs' other two goals on the evening, however, resulting in him taking a minus-1 in plus/minus.

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Duchene had a solid preseason finishing with one goal, three assists and a minus-3 rating in six games played.

Coming off a 70-point season in 2013-14, Duchene is set to improve his offensive output this season. He played in 71 games last season so if he is able to stay healthy, his numbers should increase in all the major categories. Duchene is set to be on Colorado's second line with Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla as well as seeing power play time with Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene recorded two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Minnesota.

The defeat ended the Avs' season in Game 7 of the opening round of the playoffs. Duchene played in the last two games of the series after sitting out for nearly a month due to an MCL injury and he picked up three helpers.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene will start Game 7 on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.

Duchene returned to the Avalanche's lineup in Game 6 after missing nearly a month due to an MCL injury. He began the game on the fourth line, but ended up logging 18:52 minutes.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene registered an assist and logged 18:52 of ice time in his return to the lineup in Game 6.

"It's a start, I guess," said Duchene, who was playing in his first game since March 29 because of an MCL injury. "You've got to learn to trust an injury like that coming back, and as the game went on I felt more confident with it. There's still a long way to go for me. But next game is Game 7, so you lay it all on the line." He started on the fourth line, but ended up back with Ryan O'Reilly as the game progressed.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene will suit up for Colorado in Game 6 of their opening round playoff series with the Wild on Monday.

It's not yet clear who his linemates will be, but he's certain to be a big boost for the Avs nonetheless. Joey Hishon will be a healthy scratch to make room for the young phenom.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) will be a game-time decision Monday night in Game 6.

He skated hard in the morning and will participate in the pregame warmup. It isn't clear where he'll play if he ends up dressing. He was with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau during the morning skate, but Jamie McGinn and Cody McLeod missed the session even though they are expected to play.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Patrick Roy said that the coaches will take a "serious look" at getting Matt Duchene (knee) back into the lineup for Game 6.

Duchene has been sidelined since March 29 with an MCL injury. He has been skating since Monday and partook in the morning skate on Saturday, so, if anything, he's getting very close. Duchene had 70 points during the regular season. The Avalanche lead the first-round series against the Wild 3-2.

Matt Duchene C COL 8 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) won't be back on Saturday for Game 5.

There was some hope that he would be able to play after he participated in the morning skate with Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn, but he isn't ready to return yet.