The Colorado Avalanche playoff push is well underway. With a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Avalanche currently sit three points behind the St. Louis Blues with two games in hand.
With just three points separating the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Avalanche fully intend to catch the Blues and take over first in the Central Division. With the recent winning streak the Avalanche has gone on, including a hard fought comeback win over a hot Columbus Blue Jackets team, the gap between Colorado and St. Louis in the standings is beginning to shrink.
The last two wins over the St. Louis Blues prior to the All Star Break, have become two of the biggest wins for the Colorado Avalanche this season. The Avalanche scored a total of twelve goals against the Blues resulting in goaltender Jordan Binnington getting pulled in both games. The season series between the Avalanche and Blues is tied 2-2, with the final matchup scheduled for Game 82 of the season.
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Because of how tight the standings are, the last regular season matchup against the Blues could actually have significance. Game 82 could determine playoff seeding, with both teams fighting for first place in the Central. If that’s the case, I hope we have a repeat performance of the emotional win over the Blues in Game 82 of the 2017-2018 season.
If this team can stick with the game they have been playing recently (sans the ridiculous amount of penalties) and copy the run the team went on last season around this time, the Colorado Avalanche can absolutely catch the Blues and win the Central. The last time we saw the Avalanche win the Central division was in 2013-2014.
Winning the Central Division would be the first step towards a deep playoff run and the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. The Colorado Avalanche are set up for success for at least the next three seasons and have young talent in the pipeline with prospects like Alex Newhook, Bowen Byram, and Shane Bowers working hard to take the leap into the NHL.
The playoff push is getting tighter and tighter, and now more than ever, it’s time to be the dominant team everyone knows you are capable of being. It’s time to leave “Gloria” in 2019 and take first place in the Central Division from the St. Louis Blues. Twenty eight games remain in the 2019-2020 regular season, keep working hard and let’s go Avalanche!!