The Avalanche once again occupy 8th place in the West thanks to their standout rookie Gabriel Landeskog. Just a couple of weeks after being named rookie of the month for the month of February, Landeskog proves why he was given that honor. Thanks to his late game heroics, Landy pushes Colorado even closer to a guaranteed playoff spot.
With the Ducks of Anaheim in Denver last night, the Avs were forced into overtime to secure their win. Just minutes into the overtime session and after relentless offensive pressure from the Avalanche, Landy lit the lamp giving the win to Colorado. On what was to be a clearing opportunity, Matt Hunwick intercepted the attempt and found Landy on a sweet dipsy-doodle pass. Landeskog then let a wicked slapper fly right by Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The jubilation took over Landeskog’s body as he leapt face first onto the ice. The outburst of emotion proves how dedicated the Avs seem to be to make the playoffs.
The gutsy play of the Avalanche as of late has fans foaming at the mouths and thinking about the glory days when numbers like 19, 21, and 33 graced the Pepsi Center ice. Nowadays the numbers of 92, 37, and 1 have fans in the “Mile High” city abuzz with relentless play. The physicality and offensive firepower that the Avalanche possess have all the makings of a team that is primed for a Stanley Cup run.
A little bit of luck is all the Avs need in order to ensure a playoff birth. Right now there are five teams within three points of each other and all five are battling for only two playoff spots. The Avalanche need to make each game count as they have the fewest number of games remaining on their schedule which in turn means the fewest number of points they can accumulate. Worst-case scenario right now for the Avs is that they will be sitting in 8th place with one game to play while San Jose is one point back with two games to play, thus ending the Avs season.
Tonight the Avalanche are in a no-win situation. With this being a travel day for Colorado, two teams in the thick of the playoff race are in action against each other, the Sharks and the Flames. Whatever team wins that game will ultimately take over the 8th spot in the West. The other game of interest tonight is the Red Wings versus the Kings. Hopefully the Wings flex their muscle and keep the Kings 2 points back of the Avalanche. The Avs are in action tomorrow against Buffalo in an odd, east-coast swing so late in the season. Playoff hockey is just around the corner and the action is only going to get better so sound the Avalanche sirens.
|Actual Points Before Tonight’s Games||Predicted Points After Tonight’s Games|
|7th||PHX – 79||PHX – 79|
|8th||COL – 78||CGY – 78|
|9th||SJS – 77||COL – 78|
|10th||CGY – 76||SJS – 77|
|11th||LAK – 75||LAK – 76|
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