Gabriel Landeskog has been held off the scoresheet in his last six games and has only one goal in his last nine.
It has been a tough offensive year for the Avalanche captain with only seven goals and 12 points in 26 games. "I'm not one to use the captaincy as an excuse for how I've been playing," Landeskog said. "There have been more things to divide my focus upon, off the ice, more responsibility, a little more pressure of being a go-to guy, but for me, it hasn't been an excuse - at all. But it's easier to take (losing) personally than if I didn't have the C," he said, referring to the captain's insignia. "Again, I don't want to blame anything on the C. I've enjoyed having it, and I have learned a lot. If anything, I have realized you can get too snowed in on the captaincy, instead of being yourself. It's hard when the team isn't doing well. It's been hard to know what to do, and when to do it. I knew from Day One I wasn't going to be a perfect captain, but I believe I can still be a good one." Look for a big comeback next season from the talented Landeskog.