The Sport Effect

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog returns from suspension, Jonas Johansson to make season debut at Florida Panthers

Dawn, Fla. — Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog will make his return to the lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers right after serving a two-sport suspension for boarding Chicago’s Kirby Dach in final week’s time opener.

Colorado (1-two) is supplying the get started in net to Jonas Johansson, who will make his time debut. He will be backed up by Darcy Kuemper.

Landeskog was on his acquainted line through the morning skate at FLA Live Arena, enjoying remaining wing with heart Nathan MacKinnon and correct wing Mikko Rantanen.

Colorado went -two in Landeskog’s absence.

“We’ve got an additional amount to get to as a group,” Landeskog explained. “There’s a lot of matters we can get improved at as a group. As a group, we just have not uncovered the amount of engage in we require to be at. We conclusion up enjoying from powering quite a bit. Obviously, that is something we’re going to have to suitable and have some improved starts.”

Landeskog, 28, was issued his fourth suspension considering the fact that getting into the league at age eighteen. Looking at the Avs engage in through all those times has been painful.

“You experience helpless and you experience like you allow your group down,” Landeskog explained. “Whether you’re out with harm or suspension or whichever it is, you often want to be out there battling with the men. It is what it is. I’m again now. And I’m enthusiastic.”

Landeskog declined to respond to a question about the hit on Dach, which transpired when the Blackhawks forward was on just one knee and in a susceptible situation close to the side boards.

“It is what it is. I’ll help save my view for an additional day,” Landeskog explained.

Avalanche probable lineup at Florida: