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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots


Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The Colorado Avalanche Worked Hard But Dropped A Game To The San Jose Sharks

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche played extremely hard Thursday night but blew a glorious chance to improve its Western Conference playoff odds at SAP Center, losing 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks and goalie Martin Jones (23 saves).

“We worked as hard as we possible could tonight and all four lines were going,” Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog said. “It just seemed like they got a couple bounces. The effort was there. Just the bounces didn’t come our way.”

Colorado, which remains a point ahead of St. Louis for the last wild-card spot, finished 0-2-1 on its three-game trip and slipped to 2-5-1 in its last eight games.

Still, the Avs (92 points) will clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Blues in regulation in Saturday night’s regular-season finale for both teams at the Pepsi Center. If St. Louis (93 points) loses at Chicago on Friday night, the Avs will advance to the postseason with a regulation or overtime victory Saturday.

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Colorado Avalanche Control Their Playoff Destiny

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar watched the Chicago Blackhawks’ comeback victory at St. Louis on television Wednesday night, and suffice to say, it put a smile on his face.

A giant smile.

“Felt good,” Bednar said of the Blackhawks’ big win that kept his team a point in front of the Blues for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Colorado plays at San Jose on Thursday night and hosts the Blues on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. If the Avs finish 2-0, they will advance to the playoffs. If they win Thursday and St. Louis loses Friday at Chicago, the Avs will clinch a playoff spot before Saturday.


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The Colorado Avalanche Continue To Battle For A Playoff Spot

from Lisa Dillman of NHL.com,

The Avalanche hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They are one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who lost 4-2 to the Washington Capitals on Monday. The Blues have a game in hand on Colorado.

The Avalanche play at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA+, ALT, NHL.TV), then face the Blues in the regular-season finale for both teams at Pepsi Center on Saturday.

A postseason berth could come down to one game, a spot few expected from the Avalanche at the start of the season.

At 93 points, Colorado is three from doubling its NHL-low of 48 from last season. They were 21 points behind the 29th-place team last season, the Vancouver Canucks, and it was the fewest points by any team in an 82-game season since the expansion Atlanta Thrashers had 39 points in 1999-2000.


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Injuries Hit The Colorado Avalanche

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The Philadelphia Flyers Enhance Their Hold On A Playoff Spot

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

In perhaps their grittiest win of the season, the Flyers gained some much-needed breathing room in the playoff race Wednesday night, but they lost goalie Michal Neuvirth to another injury.

Neuvirth was outstanding in his first game in more than five weeks before suffering an injury in the second period of the Flyers’ 2-1 win over desperate Colorado at the Pepsi Center.

Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov scored goals, and Petr Mrazek stopped 17-of-17 shots in relief as the Flyers completed a 1-0-2 road trip.

The Flyers, who started the night as the conference’s top wild-card team, moved into a tie in points with the second-place Penguins in the Metro. Pittsburgh has played one fewer game.

They also climbed seven points ahead of Florida, which lost in Toronto, 4-3, and has three games in hand on the Flyers. Florida is trying to inch into the second and final wild-card spot.


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Video- “A Good Hockey Goal” Vegas Golden Knights Against The Colorado Avalanche

What do you think?

Vegas did go on to win the game 4-1.


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Ever Since Matt Duchene Was Traded

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Defenseman Erik Johnson says the Avalanche began to gel in November during their weeklong trip to Sweden, which began immediately after Colorado traded disgruntled center Matt Duchene to Ottawa.

“We came together pretty early,” Johnson said from the United Center, where the Avs on Tuesday night solidified their Western Conference wild-card playoff standing with a 5-1 victory over Chicago.  “The trip to Sweden helped us out a lot. We had a lot of fun together and got to know one another. It kind of took us a little while to hit our stride, but we’re a team that really gets along on and off the ice and we have fun coming to the rink together.”

Johnson never mentioned Duchene’s name in the one-on-one interview, and it’s possible the Avs’ rise shortly after the trade is only coincidence. But, the Avs were 8-6-0 when they traded Duchene, and are now 40-25-8 with nine regular-season games left.


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The Frustrating St. Louis Blues

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just when their fans start believing in them again, the Blues find a way to let the boulder roll back down the hill against them.

Desperately in need of momentum, the Blues continue to sputter along on the road to an early vacation. They’re just good enough to frustrate you because there’s no doubt they can and should play better.

Playing the closest thing to a must-win at this time of the year, the Blues had more than enough chances to beat the Avalanche on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. They couldn’t capitalize, though.

And when you don’t capitalize you usually lose. The Avs beat the Blues 4-1 before a disappointed sellout crowd that saw the home team miss the net 22 times while outshooting Colorado 82-42.

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Avs Playoff Chances Increase After A Win Over The Calgary Flames

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

After allowing a short-handed goal late in the first period and trailing 2-0 early in the second, the Avs put together their most important hockey in what is shaping up to be a thrilling playoff push. They got four combined goals from their top two lines and top defensive pairing in what turned out to be a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.

The triumph moved the Avs (34-24-5, 73 points) to within a point of the last Western Conference playoff spot, but with games in hand over those teams (Los Angeles, Anaheim, St. Louis) immediately in front of them. They have played two fewer games than Calgary (32-24-9), which also has 73 points.

“I think we have a deep hunger to get to where we want to go. That’s what it comes down to,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Every team has their structure in place at this point, and winning habits have been there for us. Sometimes we get stubborn with the puck and turn it over in places we should it comes back on us. But when we’re willing to stick to our game like we did tonight … we get rewarded for it.”

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