Colorado Avalanche Playoff Hopes Dimming

March 31st, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche have imploded.

A month ago they were competing for the division, currently stand a mere two points over ninth place Calgary—the Avalanche's next opponent. Following the Olympic break, the Avalanche haven't found the momentum they had in the first 50 games of the season, and are 1-5-1 in the past seven.

In other words, they're finally playing like the youngest team in the NHL.

The Avs have gotten pretty consistent offensive production from the top two lines, but it hasn't been enough to overshadow one of the NHL's worst defenses, and recently the unexceptional goaltending of Craig Anderson.

When the Avalanche play the Flames on Friday night, it'll be Game Seven for both teams.

If Colorado wins, Calgary's season will be finished due to the fact that they'll be four points behind Colorado with one fewer game left in the season. Colorado will hold the tiebreaker regardless of the games outcome, as at worst they'll finish the season series at 4-2-0.

If Calgary wins, they'll be tied with Colorado in points. As mentioned, Colorado would still hold the tiebreaker and have a game in hand ...

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