Matt Duchene is off the fourth line.

The Avalanche's young center, demoted to the fourth line for Saturday's game against Chicago, skated with new linemates at practice this morning — Chuck Kobasew and Joakim Lindstrom.

Duchene, with one goal and four points through his first eight games, told The Denver Post in today's editions, "I've been notorious for slow starts, and I've tried everything to avoid that, but all I can continue to do is work hard."