The Colorado Avalanche got a boost with the return of Matt Duchene to the lineup Monday.
After missing four games due to a concussion, Duchene came back and scored the winner in overtime against the surprisingly hot Columbus Blue Jackets, playing almost 17 minutes after a full week away.
“I feel good,” said Duchene. “I feel like it’s a good start. Obviously, I have lots to build on to get back to where I was when I left off there.”
Good news then for the Avalanche that Duchene is back. However, they will have to wait a little longer before Gabriel Landeskog (lower-body injury that required him to remain in Denver during this latest road trip) is back in game action.
Per Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Landeskog will not play versus the Oilers on Wednesday, as the Avalanche open up a five-game home stand.
The Avalanche have struggled at times, as mistakes have come back to haunt them, but they’re only two points out of a Wild Card spot.
With two days until Thanksgiving, the Oilers, led by young star Connor McDavid, lead the Pacific Division following Monday’s thorough victory over Chicago and are looking to get on a roll here at the quarter mark of the season.