Gabriel Landeskog is unlikely to participate in the Colorado Avalanche’s final three regular-season games, but he might be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Since having knee surgery on March 14, the forward has been out.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get ‘Landy’ back with the group here this week,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said on Tuesday. “I’d say improbable (he returns during the regular season).”
Landeskog scored 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games this season despite being helpless by injury. Before surgery, the Avalanche captain was the team’s leading scorer and seventh in points. For updates, you can check out OKBET.
During the playoff season, Colorado hosts the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN360, TVAS, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), the Nashville Predators on Thursday, and the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
The Avalanche (55-18-6) have clinched the best record in the Western Conference and will play their first three games of the playoffs at home, beginning Monday. They’ve now dropped four straight games and have outscored 16-8.
“I don’t want our game’s foundation slipping away,” Bednar said. “We’ve just been working on it for seven months, and I know we’ve taken a step back, and now it’s time to get it back.”
Mikko Rantanen will not play Tuesday due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19, but he expects to return Thursday. With 36 goals and 91 points, the forward leads the Avalanche.
“He’s fine,” Bednar assured. “He skated with Landy early this morning, and he’ll skate again tomorrow before playing against Nashville. He’s starting to regain his energy and feel better yesterday.”
Devon Toews (undisclosed) will return to the lineup by Tuesday. After missing the previous four games due to injury. In 66 games, the defenseman has 57 points (13 goals, 44 assists).