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Gabe Landeskog to play Saturday against Arizona



Gabe Landeskog

The latest stint on the Covid list for Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog is over.

Avs coach Jared Bednar said Landeskog’s five-day, mandated absence from a positive test ended Friday and he boarded the team’s charter plane in preparation for Saturday’s second of a barn-to-barn series with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Avs, who won their 13th straight game at home Friday against the Coyotes, 4-3 in a shootout, will start former Coyote Darcy Kuemper in goal.

Landeskog is likely to rejoin his spot on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

The Avs lost veteran D-man Ryan Murray to an upper-body injury Friday. The Avs are already without defenseman Bo Byram, who is on personal leave from the team. As of late Friday night, nobody had been recalled by the Avs from the Colorado Eagles, to potentially fill in for Murray.

Kurtis MacDermid is likely to join the defense now, especially with Landeskog back.

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