The Avalanche's best player Saturday afternoon would not come as a surprise under normal circumstances. Gabe Landeskog didn't win the NHL rookie of the year award last season for no reason.

But the fact that Landeskog was — by far — the Avs' best player against the Los Angeles Kings probably shouldn't have been the case, and went a long way to describing why the Avs were thoroughly awful otherwise in a 4-1 loss.

In his first game since Jan. 26 because of a concussion, Landeskog played 19 minutes, 8 seconds and assisted on the Avs' only goal, by Milan Hejduk in the second period. He had two shots on goal and four hits, and blocked one shot. He also set up Paul Stastny with a great pass in the first period that Stastny failed to convert about 4 feet from the net.