Landeskog will return to action Thursday against the Penguins after serving a two-game suspension, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Landeskog, who has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 16 games this season, is expected to return to his role skating on Colorado's top line and top power-play unit in Thursday's contest.
Landeskog has been suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety after delivering an illegal check to the head in Thursday's game. The punishment seems to fit the crime in this case, as Landeskog delivered a vicious hit to head of Boston's Brad Marchand, who was releasing a shot as contact was made. Landeskog was ejected from Thursday's contest following the hit, which resulted in Mikhail Grigorenko moving into Landeskog's spot on the Colorado first line, where the Russian registered his third assist of the season.
Landeskog was ejected from Thursday night's game against the Bruins after an illegal hit to the head of Brad Marchand in the second period. According to Joe Haggery of CSN New England, the incident is being reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety. As pointed out by the Denver Post, Landeskog received a five-minute major, game misconduct penalty for the play and was subsequently met with a punch to the face by Marchand, who spent two minutes in the penalty box for roughing. Mikhail Grigorenko replaced Landeskog on the first line. "Obviously, he wasn't hurt (by throwing) that sucker punch," Landeskog said. "I'm happy he didn't get hurt. I feel like my principle point of contact was (his) shoulder." Once the NHL fully completes the review of the incident, fantasy owners will learn whether or not further discipline will officially be handed down to the prolific Landeskog.
After starting the season with six points over three games, Landeskog has fallen into a four-game slump in which he hasn't registered on the scoresheet. He's also gone minus-2 in that span, but at least Landeskog's chipped in eight penalty minutes. Even so, the sin-bin time is quite secondary to the point production fantasy owners are looking for from Landeskog. He continues to play heavy first-line minutes and took seven shots on goal against Columbus on Saturday, so it seems likely that Landeskog will turn things around in due time.
Landeskog scored two goals and two assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over Dallas. Landeskog scored the Avs' fifth and sixth goals to seal a come-from-behind win against the Stars. He previously assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's first of the season and Jarome Iginla's power-play goal. The Avs captain now has five points in two games to start the season and is well on his way to completing his fourth 20-goal season. His all-round ability makes him a fantasy gem.
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