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Captain Landeskog (leg) out vs Preds on Friday

Oct 4, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 2-1.
(September 17, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog logged 16:07 minutes in the Avalanche’s season opener, but he missed Thursday’s practice and wasn’t on the ice today. Consequently, he won’t be available for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators, according to the Denver Post.

The good news is that the Avalanche might not be without their captain for too long. He’s day-to-day and projected to resume skating as soon as Sunday. He will also join the team on their upcoming three-game road trip, which starts in Toronto on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Semyon Varlamov will start in his second consecutive game. He got off to a strong start to the season under the leadership of new head coach Patrick Roy and goaltending coach Francois Allaire, but that was obviously just one contest. The 25-year-old goaltender still has plenty to prove.

As do the Avalanche in general, but they have an opportunity to turn their commanding victory into an early season winning streak.

  1. avfanforlife - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Even with the lopsided score against the Ducks, the D still left Varly high and dry too many times for my liking. Too many shots allowed and he had to make too many saves. He’ll have better numbers this year for sure with Roy as coach and his new goalie coach as well, but the defense has to get better!

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