Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog ‘unfit to play’ for Game 7 vs. Stars

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss Game 7 Friday (4 p.m. ET, USA Network; livestream) against the Stars after suffering a cut on his leg in Game 6.

Late in the second period of Colorado’s 4-1 win on Wednesday, Landeskog was cut on his right leg by Cale Makar‘s skate. He was able to get to the bench on his own, but when he returned in the third period it was only for a single 16-second shift. Afterward head coach Jared Bednar was unsure of his status, but when the teams came out for pre-Game 7 warmups he was nowhere in sight and deemed “unfit to play.”

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“He’s a big part of our team, he’s our captain, he’s a big voice in the dressing room and he leads by example,” said forward Nazem Kadri.

This is just another injury the Avalanche are forced to overcome. Along with Landeskog, they’ll also be without Philipp Grubauer, Pavel Francouz, Joonas Donskoi, Erik Johnson, Conor Timmins, and Matt Calvert.

For the Stars, Andrew Cogliano is also “unfit to play” in Game 7, along with Ben Bishop, Taylor Fedun, and Stephen Johns.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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