Gabe Landeskog felt great Friday, "flying" around the Avalanche's practice complex in skates.

When hockey players feel great, they skate fast, and the Avalanche's reigning NHL rookie of the year had the jets on before boarding one bound for Los Angeles.

The team captain, who has missed 11 games because of concussion symptoms, traveled with the Avalanche on Friday and will play in Saturday's matinee against the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings at the Staples Center.

"Finally back. Excited. Feels good out there," Landeskog said after his first full practice since the injury. He had been wearing an orange no-contact practice sweater most of the week. "Finally, I get out of that pumpkin jersey. I'm extremely excited and eager to get back in the lineup and help the guys," he said.

Landeskog will play left wing on the Paul Stastny-centered line with David Jones, and coach Joe Sacco said the youngest team captain in NHL history will play in every situation except penalty killing.

Landeskog might return to the penalty kill Sunday at Anaheim or Tuesday at San Jose. He was injured Jan. 26 at San Jose on a big neutral-zone check by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.