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Gabe Landeskog out 10-14 days; Francouz, Maltsev recalled



News from the Avalanche morning skate: Captain Gabe Landeskog’s lower body injury will keep him out 10-14 days. Jared Bednar said “two weeks, hopefully less,” so I’m going to be the optimistic one and say 10-14 days.

To help fill in the forward lines, the Avs recalled Mikhail Maltsev from the Colorado Eagles. They also recalled goalie Pavel Francouz, who completed a very successful stint with the Eagles, making 33-of-34 saves in a 2-1 win. Frankie finished 3-1 with the Eagles, with a .947 saves percentage. That works.

Frankie will be the backup to Darcy Kuemper for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against the Florida Panthers.

Nazem Kadri skated today, but won’t play. Bednar said Kadri remains “day to day. He tried it this morning…I don’t think he’s fully game ready.”

I think it’s a virtual lock he plays Tuesday against the New York Rangers. I thought he’d play tonight, but a couple more days of rest and recovery is the new plan.

Maltsev has played well for the Eagles, with 15 points in 18 games (five goals).

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Bo Byram (head) did not skate, and there remains no timeline on a potential return.

For information on the Panthers’ lineup tonight, including the starting goalie, click on our sister site, Florida Hockey Now, here (free story).

On the injuries, Bednar said: “(Winning) eases the pain of having to do that. The guys that are available and play are doing a great job and we’re winning hockey games. It becomes more difficult and frustrating when you’re losing. We’re just hoping to kind of keep this thing going and try to get healthy.

“I don’t even know if we’ve had the team together at this point in the year, which is crazy. Just finally got our D corps back together for a game and then Bo goes back out. It just is what it is. I have to worry about the guys that are playing, who’s in, and fortunately, we’ve had a lot of guys step up. Like Newhook’s really taken a step, O’Connor, Val, guys that are contributing on the offensive side of it at a really good clip, probably career-high numbers for some of these guys. I don’t see why they can’t continue in the course of the season. And then when we get our guys back, it makes us a deeper team. We’ve got guys doing things right now that maybe they don’t generally do, but that’s positive things, especially if you’re winning hockey games.”

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I guess the Landy news could’ve been worse, but it sure would be nice to see the Avs at some point play with a fully healthy team.

peter martin

are there any fully healthy teams in the NHL? just curious


I realize that but it sure would be nice to see what this team could do if completely healthy.


Looks like we keep struggling with injuries, just like we did last year.

Aaron Hinton

I will be joining 92 on the DL for 10-14 days. Hopefully the “Bobs” understand that we’re all day-to-day


The injury bug is brutal. I just hope the guys heal well, especially Byram, I would hate to see all his potential cut short by the “head” injuries. Hopefully get healthy by the end of the year and roll from there.

Yan Girard

The depth about defensemen is more important than the forwards. A team never have too many good defensemen. Currently, the loss of Byram doesn’t make itself too felt because the defensive is deep. It’s an amazing asset for the Avs to have this defensive. Also, it’s easier to replace a good forward than a good defenseman. Often, there are forwards of 3th or 4th line that have an offensive potential but that had been relegated in a role more defensive in NHL. When there are injuries, it happens that some players of 3th or 4th are able to step up… Read more »


I really like Bednar’s attitude. It would be easy for him climb under the doom-and-gloom cloud like so many pundits do, but instead, he’s being positive and talking about guys who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity becoming better players down the stretch. It’s not easy to do, but we should try taking a cue from coach and enjoy watching these guys play trusting that it will hopefully benefit the team come playoff time.

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