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Duchene returns to Avalanche's lineup for Game 6

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 8:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Avalanche-Wild series blog

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Duchene returns to Avalanche's lineup for Game 6

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene returned to the lineup Monday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Duchene hadn't played since March 29 because of a knee injury. He missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first five in this best-of-7 series against the Wild, which the Avalanche lead 3-2.

Duchene skated on the fourth line with Brad Malone and Maxime Talbot during pregame warmups. It was a different line than he practiced with during the morning skate, when he was between Ryan O'Reilly and PA Parenteau.

Duchene, who will replace Joey Hishon in the lineup, led Colorado with 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) during the regular season.

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