The Colorado Avalanche have six games remaining in the regular season. Their playoff chances could go right down to the last minute.
After a regulation loss against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Colorado Avalanche could lose their playoff berth tonight with a St. Louis Blues win.
The race in the Western Conference is tight, especially when it comes to the Central Division. The Colorado Avalanche have 90 points, which would put them solidly in the first wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. However, in the West, their in danger of dropping out.
We need the St. Louis Blues to lose tonight. They’re playing a hot San Jose Sharks team — they’ve gone 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. So, San Jose could well prevail.
That said, the Avalanche can’t influence the results of the Blues-Sharks game. They can only affect the final six games they have remaining.
Colorado has three home and three away games left in the regular season. They probably need eight points in those six games to make the playoffs. It’s certainly doable, but it’s difficult. Let’s look at how those final six games can play out for the Avs to make the post-season.
For statistical purposes, note that Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 92 points (38 goals, 54 assists). Mikko Rantanen is second with 80 points (27 goals, 53 assists). Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov has a 23-16-6 record with a 2.74 goals against average and .918 save percentage.