Landeskog (suspension) has served his four-game suspension for crosschecking Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Nov. 25.
The Avs claimed only one win with the captain out of action, and now Colorado is down in the cellar of the Western Conference standings after a hot start to the season. It's far too easy to forget about talented players on struggling teams, but we definitely advise taking note of Landeskog's return. He's fashioned nine goals, eight assists and a plus-9 rating through 22 games, plus he's logging a career-high 4:05 of ice time on the man advantage.
Landeskog has been suspended four games for a crosscheck against the Flames on Saturday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Well this is going to shake things up for the Avalanche. Landeskog was having his best season in year. He had nine goals and eight assist through 22 games, and he was averaging a career high in ice time (20:25) and power-play time (4:05). Gabriel Bourque or Tyson Jost could draw into the lineup while the Swede is being disciplined.
Landeskog scored three goals on seven shots during Thursday's 6-2 rout of the Capitals.
The Avs captain was on top of his game from the get-go as he posted his first goal just 17 seconds into the game. Landeskog has been red-hot of late with six goals and 10 points -- along with 26 hits and 14 blocked shots -- in his last nine games. He's a multi-category stud that should be played every night.
Landeskog delivered a secondary assist on the game-tying goal to Nathan MacKinnon in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators in Sweden.
While it's not much of a consolation for the team loss, Landeskog can take pride in that fact that he delivered a clutch helper in front of spectators from his native country. The NHL's Global Series will wrap up Saturday, meaning he'll have another chance to pick up a win in front of friends and family.
The top-line winger, with 10 points in 14 games, is on pace to shatter his 33-point output from last season, when he appeared in 72 games. Plus, venerable scoring center Matt Duchene was finally dealt to the Senators on Sunday, and that should open the door for Landeskog to garner as much playing time as he can handle. It's probably too late to buy low on this key 'Kog representing the Avalanche, but his offensive skill set was never in question and he looks poised for a banner year.