So, here’s what we know about ailing Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog:
— On Tuesday, he missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury.
— Following Tuesday’s loss to Nashville, the Denver Post filed a story about Landeskog’s “cryptic” ailment, which included the following:
Listed with a lower-body injury, Landeskog’s recovery no longer includes skating, and Colorado typically requires its injured players to skate for a week before rejoining the lineup.
Landeskog was skating last week but was again held off the ice Tuesday morning at the Pepsi Center.
“We have to wait and see every day, how he feels and start progressing how he feels better,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Landeskog. “If he doesn’t feel better, we’re leaving him out. It’s too early in the season (and) something we don’t want to play with.”
— On Wednesday, the Post’s Terry Frei reported that Landeskog was headed to injured reserve, albeit retroactively. Bednar didn’t offer any update other than to re-confirm it’s a lower-body injury, though he did say the club was “exploring” a recall from the AHL.
Landeskog is a crucial element for the Avs, so it’s no surprise his absence has coincided with the club going 2-3-1 over its last six. The team’s leader and captain since 2012, he’s also one of the individuals head coach Jared Bednar would probably lean on to snap the Avs out of their recent funk.
But, alas, Landeskog isn’t there.
Landeskog also isn’t skating and, as mentioned above, Colorado’s policy is generally for injured players to skate for at least a week before returning to game action.
The Avs have home games on Thursday (versus Columbus) and Saturday (versus Dallas) before heading out on a four-game road trip through Nashville, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.