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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 6 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 6 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 6 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.

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) is taking part in Saturday's morning skate.

Coach Patrick Roy announced shortly after Game 3 that Duchene wouldn't play Saturday night, but he skated with regular linemates Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn during rushes. The question of his status will probably come up again when Roy speaks to the media, so stay tuned.

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Matt Duchene is progressing nicely in his recovery from a knee injury but won't play Saturday in Game 5 against Minnesota.

Duchene has been skating since Monday and is getting close to a return from an MCL injury that has sidelined him since March 29th. Originally, the Avs were saying there was no chance Duchene would play in Round 1, but Colorado coach Patrick Roy seemed to backpedal a little on that Friday. "We're very happy where he is right now," Roy said of Duchene. "Now, is he going to play in this series? We're not sure yet. We'll see." Seems like things are looking up for Duchene. R

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) will return to the Avalanche's lineup on Saturday.

That being said, Duchene might return before the end of the first round. That would obviously be a huge boost for the Avalanche after he recorded 70 points in 71 games in the regular season.

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Coach Patrick Roy reiterated on Thursday night that he'd be "very surprised" if Matt Duchene was able to play during Colorado's first round series against Minnesota.

Roy was asked after the Avalanche's 2-1 loss to the Wild if Duchene might be back on Saturday for Game 5 and he said that won't happen. Colorado could certainly use the offensive boost after two flat games on the road, where they struggled to post shots and scored only one goal. Duchene has been out of action since Mar. 29 with an MCL injury, but he has resumed skating.

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) skated for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday.

He said this injury is less severe than a similar MCL sprain he had two seasons ago, but he isn't sure when he'll be available to return. "It helps knowing my body way better than I did the last time I hurt my knee," said Duchene. "It's a process, and I understand the process better this time."

Matt Duchene C COL 6 Months

Matt Duchene (knee) skated Monday for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL on March 29.

"The trainer thought it was good timing for him to start skating today," coach Patrick Roy said. "We'll go day-to-day with him on the skating, and then hopefully he can start practicing with the team." He skated and did some stickhandling, but he didn't participate in any team drills.