With a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks today, the Colorado Avalanche officially clinched a birth in the playoffs.
This marks the first time the team will see the postseason since 2009-2010 where they lost in the first round to the Sharks. The Avs also hit the 100 point mark for the first time since 2003-2004. While the Avs are officially in, where they finish has yet to be determined. It seems inevitable that they will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, but who has home ice is still up in the air. As it stands, the Avs lead the Blackhawks by one point, have one game in hand, and own the tie breaker.
It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Avs, who finished dead last in the Western Conference last season. First year head coach Patrick Roy deserves a lot of credit as he brought a new attitude to the team and the players have responded by working hard all season.
Make sure to check out our quick hits from the Sharks vs. Avalanche game as well.