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Avalanche cap­tain Gabe Lan­deskog, who missed his eighth con­sec­u­tive game Satur­day night, skated on his own and briefly joined his team­mates on the ice at the morn­ing skate.

That seemed to be a pos­i­tive step for the Swedish winger, who has been out with a lower body in­jury. He went on the in­jured list last week, but it was retroac­tive and he could be ac­ti­vated at any time.

“He’s been work­ing in the gym the last cou­ple of days,” coach Jared Bed­nar said. “He’s been pro­gress­ing. He feels bet­ter again to­day. He skated slightly on his own there for a few min­utes, and that seemed to go well. I’ve al­ready talked to (trainer Matt Sokolowski) about that. I would ex­pect he’s a guy who’s go­ing to con­tinue to move for­ward here and prob­a­bly be on the road trip with us.”

That four-game road trip be­gins Tues­day at Nashville. Bed­nar said Lan­deskog wouldn’t make the trip just to be with the staff for re­hab pur­poses, and the goal would be for him to at least par­tic­i­pate in prac­tices and skates. “So we’re hope­ful that’s the way it will progress,” Bed­nar said.

Af­ter he was a healthy scratch against Colum­bus on Thurs­day, cen­ter Joe Col­borne re­turned to the lineup against Dal­las on Satur­day. Go­ing in, he didn’t have a goal since his open­ing-night hat trick.

“It’s been frus­trat­ing,” Col­borne said af­ter the morn­ing skate. “There’s been games when I had chances and they haven’t gone in. It’s a grind, but that’s part of be­ing a pro hockey player. You play so many games, you’re go­ing to go through ups and downs. It’s eas­ier said than done, but you have to keep as pos­i­tive as you can, and when you get a chance, go out there and do ev­ery­thing you can to help the team out.

“Scor­ing cures a lot of things. When you’re play­ing in a role like I have the last while, it’s more than that, it’s go out there, bring some en­ergy, be phys­i­cal. If you’re play­ing on the top two lines, you’re out there on a reg­u­lar shift, it’s a lit­tle eas­ier to get the hands go­ing. But when you’re play­ing like I have, you have to go out there and make sure the other parts of your game are there.”

Af­ter the shuf­fling of the pre­vi­ous few days, with Sam Hen­ley and Gabriel Bourque com­ing up from San An­to­nio and go­ing right back down af­ter one game, and with Rocco Grimaldi com­ing up and step­ping into the lineup against Dal­las, Cody McLeod again was the healthy scratch among the for­wards Satur­day. Fe­dor Tyutin, with a lower body in­jury, was the scratch among the de­fense­men and Eric Geli­nas re­turned to the lineup af­ter sit­ting out five in a row.

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