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Landeskog Out Indefinitely With Lower-Body Injury

Avalanche forward played in all 11 games this season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Gabriel Landeskog is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the Colorado Avalanche announced on Tuesday morning.

Head coach Jared Bednar said following practice that the Avs captain's ailment is considered longer term than week-to-week.

"Landy got hurt over the last couple games, he came to practice on Sunday, had some discomfort, and he went for further evaluation and he's got a lower body injury," Bednar said. "He's going to miss some significant time here."

Landeskog has appeared in 590 career contests over the course of his nine season with the Avalanche and is in his eighth as team captain. Only six other active players have been captain of their club for longer in the league.

The Avalanche forward had played in all 11 games this season, registering three goals and four assists. Last season, he produced career highs in goals (34), assists (41) and points (75) while also being named to his first NHL All-Star Game.

He was joined at 2019 All-Star Weekend with his linemates, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, but the two-thirds of Avs' top trio is now out of the lineup and on the mend. Rantanen is week-to-week with his own lower-body injury that occurred on Oct. 21 at the St. Louis Blues.

Forward Colin Wilson also left Tuesday's practice with an unspecified injury.

"That's hockey. We're not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves," said Nazem Kadri, who practiced in Landeskog's spot on a line with MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi on Tuesday. "They're hard guys to replace, and I'm not sure if we can replace them, but we have good enough guys in this dressing room to step up and answer the bell and produce temporarily."

Video: Coach Jared Bednar gives updates on injuries

Through the first four weeks of the season, the Avs depth has been a strength of the club. Different players have stepped up in each game during the club's 8-2-1 start, as nine players have scored three or more goals this year.

Colorado's roster will now be tested, beginning on Wednesday at home against the Florida Panthers.

"We just went from having no injuries and a healthy lineup and having to make some tough decisions on who we're going to have to leave out of the lineup every night to all of sudden now we have three racked up in a matter of a couple days," Bednar said. "This is why you have the depth. This is why [general manager Joe Sakic] went out and signed a significant amount of guys in the offseason. We're confident that we can win with the lineup that we'll put on the ice tomorrow night."

This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. MT

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