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DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 17:  Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a break in the action against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center on February 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canadiens 3-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Landeskog (lower-body injury) to miss a sixth straight game

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The Colorado Avalanche play the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, but captain Gabriel Landeskog will not be in the lineup.

Landeskog has missed five straight games already with a lower-body injury and it’s still up in the air as to when he will return because, according to reports, he still isn’t skating — either with the team or on his own.

“He’s still considered day to day for me,” said coach Jared Bednar, per the Denver Post. “He’s having good days and bad days right now. He won’t play (Tuesday).”

The Avalanche, which recently got Matt Duchene back in the lineup after he dealt with a concussion, are in danger of falling right to the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They’re currently one point better than the Arizona Coyotes.

Landeskog had four goals and eight points in 15 games at the time of his injury.

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is coming to Edmonton

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 12:  Rogers Place is pictured before regular season hockey begins between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers on October 12, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
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Canada has dominated over the years at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and now the annual U-18 summer tournament is going north of the border.

The event is owned by the governing bodies for hockey in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and is traditionally held in August every year.

It features the top eight national hockey programs in the world competing against each other on the international stage and beginning in 2018, the tournament will be held in Edmonton on a bi-annual basis, the Oilers announced Monday.

“The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is a significant event on our calendar for many reasons, the first of which is that it honours a great player and coach who was taken from us far too soon,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney on Monday.

“The event itself is uniquely positioned on the calendar to truly allow for all of the participating nations – and for the hundreds of NHL scouts who are attracted to the event – to take part in a best-on-best competition with the top under-18 players from around the world.”

According to CBC, the event, which will run on Canadian soil in 2018, 2020 and 2022, will take place at the brand new Rogers Place.

Since the tournament began in 1991, Canada has won gold 20 times, with two silver medals and one bronze.

That included eight straight gold medals, although that impressive run came to an end this summer, when Canada failed to earn a medal.

Video: Oleksiak dangles through the Blues for this beauty goal

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Jamie Oleksiak isn’t known for his scoring.

He had just two goals in 86 career NHL games entering Monday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.

And then, almost from out of nowhere, the six-foot-seven-inch tall defenseman decided to display some superb stickhandling skills leading to a beautiful goal, getting the Dallas Stars on the board late in the second period.

The spotlight is about to once again shine on McDavid vs. Matthews

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Auston Matthews #34 of Team North America celebrates his first period power play goal with Connor McDavid #97 against Team Sweden during the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 21, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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In a league stacked with talented young players, two of the brightest stars in the NHL’s youth movement face off against each other tomorrow.

It’s Connor McDavid versus Auston Matthews. Round Two. (Yes, it will be on the NBCSN, too.)

This meeting between the two phenom forwards, both selected first overall with tremendous talent and expectations, also comes at a time when McDavid and Matthews are playing some terrific hockey for their respective clubs.

Nine days ago, McDavid recorded his first career NHL hat trick and has been on a tear since then with 10 points in his last five games. That’s a dominant stretch for a player many expected to begin to dominate the league in his sophomore season.

Yet, in his last game against the Maple Leafs, McDavid was held off the score sheet, despite four shots on goal. Containing McDavid presents a difficult task for Toronto, but it’s not entirely impossible, either.

“Just get in his way, be physical, be hard on him. . . . If you are anything else but hard, he’ll make plays and embarrass you,” said Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, per the Toronto Star.

Matthews, who just snapped a 13-game scoring drought, has five points in his last four games, and head coach Mike Babcock has stated before that he can see his rookie center also becoming a dominant player in this league very soon.

The Maple Leafs are in a rebuild, but they have plenty of young talent on their roster, which just beat Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, and Matthews is the leader of this new wave. 

The NHL is in the midst of a remarkable surge of youthful talent, from McDavid and Matthews to Patrik Laine and Mitch Marner, to Johnny Gaudreau and Aaron Ekblad — among many others. It’s a long and impressive list.

The spotlight shines on McDavid vs. Matthews 2.0 tomorrow night.

We have a trade to announce: Blue Jackets acquire Stanton from Avs in exchange for Goloubef

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 17:  Cody Goloubef #29 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 17, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Detroit defeated Columbus 3-1. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche made a trade Monday, exchanging defensemen that have so far spent this season in the American Hockey League.

The Blue Jackets acquired Ryan Stanton in exchange for Cody Goloubef.

Stanton, 27, has been reassigned to the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL. In 15 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage, he had one goal and four points.

Goloubef, 26, had two goals and seven points in 16 games with the Monsters. He has been reassigned to the Rampage.

While he’s in the minors for right now, Stanton does have a familiarity with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. The two worked together in Vancouver when Tortorella coached there during the 2013-14 season.