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Another win, but Landeskog (lower body) prognosis another worry for Avalanche



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UPDATE: Gabriel Landeskog did not take part in the Avalanche’s Saturday practice and coach Jared Bednar said he had no update on his captain’s injury and prognonis. He indicated he would know more Sunday.  

The goals and wins keep coming for the Avalanche.

But so do the injuries.

Their 7-3 rout of the Red Wings Friday night at Ball Arena marked the third straight game they’d piled up 7 goals, and they’re 11-2-1 in their last 14 starts.

It’s as if Brandon McManus always tacks on the seventh goal.

But after The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” heralded the Avalanche’s return for the third period, Gabriel Landeskog was nowhere to be seen.

After the game, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar confirmed Landeskog had suffered a lower body injury in the second period. He logged 12:03 of ice time before he was done for the night.

“I don’t have a timeline on him yet,” Bednar added of the Avalanche captain. “We’ll find out more (Saturday) at some point.”

The Avalanche already was without, among others, veteran center Nazem Kadri, who didn’t suit up and is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered at New York Wednesday, plus Bo Byram (head injury) and Ryan Murray (lower body).

The Avalanche went into the night with 122 man-games lost to injury, and only four players have played in all 24 games — Logan O’Connor, Erik Johnson, Tyson Jost and Darren Helm.

Andre Burakovsky scored twice against the Red Wings for the 15-7-2 Avs, and Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, Helm, J.T. Compher and Samuel Girard also had goals.

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But for the Avs, there was still something of an unsatisfactory feeling to the win.

Bednar said Kuemper allowed “a couple of bad goals” and his play continues to be somewhat uneven – despite what the stat sheet says.

A 3-0 game turned into a 3-2 game in a hurry, before the Avs got a goal from MacKinnon (it was second straight game he’s scored) to get the momentum back. You keep waiting, though, for Kuemper to turn larcenous and just flat-out stone somebody. But it really hasn’t happened yet.

Don’t count me among those who view the Avalanche’s injury issues as some sort of grassy-knoll conspiracy involving conditioning, training and medical issues.

This is a contact sport.

They are not — and I know this will be a shock — NOT the only NHL team to suffer injuries.

All that said, now we still have to sit and wait for the next injury report on Landeskog.

Colorado is at home Sunday against Florida and Tuesday against the Rangers. It’ll be the Rangers’ first appearance in Denver since former Avalanche forward Chris Drury took over as the Rangers’ president and GM.

Terry Frei ( is a Denver-based author and journalist. He has been named a state’s sports writer of the year seven times in peer voting — four times in Colorado and three times in Oregon. His seven books include the novels “Olympic Affair” and “The Witch’s Season.” Among his five non-fiction works are “Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming,” “Third Down and a War to Go,” “March 1939: Before the Madness,” and “’77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age.” He also collaborated with Adrian Dater on “Save By Roy,” was a long-time vice president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and has covered the hockey Rockies, Avalanche and the NHL at-large. His web site is and his bio is available at

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Yan Girard

Glad for Helm who scored a beautiful goal against his former team. Probably his best game since the start of the season. I like Aubé-Kubel since that he plays with the Avs. He causes a lot things on the ice. He is very aggressive on the opponent and he brings a good energy with his speed. His penalty wasn’t really a penalty. I was almost scared that MacDermid scores a goal. If MacDermid had scored a goal, he would have thought that he is there to score goals instead of fighting with the opponent. That was a close shave… I… Read more »


Are you joking about MacDermid or being serious?

Yan Girard

MacDermid isn’t there to fill the net. There is no mistake about it. At least, I hope it!

Last edited 9 months ago by Alexander A

Yeah it’s not his main role but it’s nice if he can put the puck in the net from time to time. That’s what you want from your depth players. He knows what he’s on the team to do, but he doesn’t ONLY have to fight. It’s silly to say that someone on the team shouldn’t score a goal.

Yan Girard

Of course, there is a bit of irony. But sometimes it happens that players after having scored some goals change the way of their game because that they believe that they became goal scorer and are no longer effective. It’s in that sense, my statement 🙂

Last edited 9 months ago by Alexander A
Joshua Canfield

I found it interesting that MacDermid only had 1:06 of TOI after the 1st frame. I really don’t think Bednar likes his playing style at all. He use to limit the playing time of Rene Bourque and Sven Andrighetto like that. I use to think Andrighetto was only only in the lineup to sit in the box for bench penalties.

It would be nice to see him get on the board a few times but like Yan said above, he’s really only in the lineup to fight and be a physical presence.


Missed the last half of the game because the power went out (ugh). What happened to Landeskog, was it a specific play?
Also, I’m not saying he’s the pickup of the century but Aube Kubel doesn’t look like the dumbass (or whatever the people AD spoke to called him). I’ve liked his play and he’s been a good pick up, especially for nothing.
As for Kuemper, he made some really good saves as well. I thought he looked good for what I saw (came into the game when they were dropping the puck after Detroit’s first goal).

Joshua Canfield

I watched the whole game and couldn’t pin-point when Landeskog got injured. If there was a specific play or hit, Altitude would of shown it (they do that sometimes). Honestly, us Avs fans are going to need to just expect the injury bug to keep biting. It’s insane, Kadri was out, we get Compher back then Landy is out. I don’t think that trend will stop anytime soon. I agree, I’ve been impressed with Kubel. He’s been reliable in both zones, seems to make the smart play with the puck. His corsi is above 50%. I liked him on a… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Joshua Canfield

Landy is having a great year, the last several plays before he left the ice were all world. Hoping its nothing too bad. Absolutly sick about Byram. Here we go again, do they leave him on the shelf and focus on building strength and body mass or do they trot him back out there and roll the dice. Considering we have Makar, shelf him and get him MUCH stronger to hang in this league. I know its a head thing, but he is still developing physically.

Karl Keen

Did anyone else notice that Mac wasn’t on the ice at the end of the game either? He didn’t come out for the 3rd star and was not in the celebration line. He was on the ice with 39 seconds left, there was an icing and then he went off, but his line stayed on. I went back and watched his last shift and he didn’t seem injured, but weird he wasn’t on the bench at the end.

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