If you were wondering why Gabriel Landeskog wasn’t quite so effective in the Colorado Avalanche’s first round series against the Minnesota Wild, it could be because he played with a hand injury for most of the series.
It’s unclear exactly when Landeskog suffered the injury, but some indicate that the injury occurred in game three on a slash from Matt Cooke. Cooke was suspended seven games for his knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie in that same game. That hit on Barrie knocked him out of the series.
Adrian Dater first reported the news to the Denver Post.
Landeskog declined an invitation to play in the World Championships for Team Sweden, electing to allow his hand to heal up.
Thoughts: This certainly explains why Landeskog didn’t quite seem to be himself following game two. I thought he was the most disappointing Avs player in the series, but now knowing that he had a hand injury changes things a bit. Matt Cooke only played three games and had one assist, but he may’ve been the MVP for the Wild in the first round given how he knocked out the Avs best puck moving defenseman and limited the captain.