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Landeskog Returns to Ice as Recovery Progresses

Avalanche forward skates for the first time after missing the past month with a lower-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Gabriel Landeskog skated Tuesday for the first time since last playing on Oct. 26 in the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Landeskog took to the ice by himself for around 20 minutes in a red, non-contact jersey prior to the practice at Family Sports Center. The Avalanche captain has missed the past 12 games with a lower-body injury.

Head coach Jared Bednar had said that Landeskog got hurt in one of the games prior to that home contest against the Ducks, but the injury didn't reveal itself until the forward had some "discomfort" during the team's practice on Oct. 27.

Bednar said following Monday's on-ice session that Landeskog was going to see the doctor during the day in a pre-scheduled visit to see where he was at in his recovery.

"Seeing the doc today for some more imaging," Bednar said on Monday. "Hopefully that goes well and he can start to progress, but we'll wait on the doctor's information. We should know more tomorrow."

Landeskog recorded three goals and four assists in the first 11 contests of the season.

Once the team session began, there was more good news as both Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen participated, with the latter doing so in a regular practice jersey.

It was Rantanen's first full-contact practice since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 21 at the St. Louis Blues. Depending on how the forward felt, Bednar said on Monday that Rantanen was close and could possibly return to the lineup as early as Wednesday, but Rantanen said after practice that he won't play until the weekend.

Rantanen skated during 5-on-5 drills on a line that also included Vladislav Kamenev, Logan O'Connor and T.J. Tynan. Rantanen also took some reps with the Avs' power-play units.

Johnson practiced in a red, non-contact jersey after being held out of Monday's session. Bednar called the defenseman "sore" after he was cross-checked headfirst into the boards by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Alexander Kerfoot in Colorado's previous game on Saturday. The play resulted in a two-game suspension for Kerfoot.

The Avalanche closes a two-game homestand on Wednesday versus the Edmonton Oilers before traveling to face the Chicago Blackhawks in a home-and-home, back-to-back set that begins Friday.

PRACTICE LINE COMBINATIONS

Forwards
95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
17 Tyson Jost - 91 Nazem Kadri - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
36 T.J. Tynan - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 25 Logan O'Connor - 96 Mikko Rantanen

Defensemen
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson *
16 Nikita Zadorov - 8 Cale Makar
27 Ryan Graves - 28 Ian Cole
48 Calle Rosen - 44 Mark Barberio

Goaltenders
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

* Non-contact participant

Did Not Practice: Matt Calvert (head), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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