Gabriel Landeskog It is not expected to play for the Colorado Avalanche in its three remaining regular season games, but could prepare for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The forward has been out since he underwent knee surgery on March 14.
“Hopefully ‘Landy’ will be back with the group here sometime this week,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said on Tuesday. “Non-contact to begin with. … I would say impossible (he returns during the regular season).”
Playing from injury, Landeskog scored 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games this season. The Avalanche captain scored them and was fifth in points before the surgery.
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 to kick off the regular season.
The Avalanche (55-18-6) achieved the best record in the Western Conference and would have the advantage of home ice through the first three rounds of the playoffs starting Monday. They have lost four games in a row and are out 16-8.
“The basis of our game, I don’t want to see it slip,” Bednar said. “We’ve just spent seven months getting it where we want to get it and I know we’ve taken the plunge and now it’s time to get it back.”
mikko rentanen, who has missed three games with an illness unrelated to COVID-19, will not play on Tuesday but is expected to return on Thursday. The forward leads the Avalanche with 36 goals and 91 points.
“She’s fine,” said Bednar. “He skated with Landy this morning. He’ll be skating and tomorrow he’s ready to play against Nashville. He’s starting to get his energy back now. He started feeling better yesterday.”
Devon Toes (Unknown), who has missed the last four matches, will play on Tuesday. The defenseman has scored 57 points (13 goals, 44 assists) in 66 games.
“Missing four in a row never feels good, but at this point in the year the rest helps,” Toz said.