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Colorado Avalanche

Venue: Pepsi Center | Coach: Patrick Roy
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The Avs have clearly not given up on the season with four wins in their last five games. The uphill climb they face is severe, however. Like Dallas, they're six points back in the wild card race. They have to go on some kind of run to close the gap.
The Avs are seven points out of a playoff spot despite improved play. They just can't seem to get over the hump and probably won't this season. They might be worth watching on the trade market, but should have eyes more on the future.
The Avs also appear to be fading in the playoff race. Now six points back of the last wild card spot, with three teams in front of them on the playoff waiting list, sure seems dire. Would the Avs consider trading Ryan O'Reilly as has been rumored recently?
The Avs have kept themselves in the playoff discussion with eight wins over their last 14 games. They're four points away from wild card position, with a challenging schedule over the next few weeks. This is a crucial month of the season for Colorado.
Colorado is in the same boat as Dallas, with having finally shaken off the rough start. Things are about to get tougher, though, as All-Star defenseman Erik Johnson is sidelined for 3-8 weeks. That's a gigantic loss for this club.
The Avs are suddenly back into the playoff race, albeit on the fringes. They are 8-5-2 in their last 15 games, but they need a few big runs late in the season to stay in contention. Seems like a tall order for this group.
The Avs have been better lately with eight wins in their last 12. They're now five points out of the playoffs, which doesn't seems like much, but that's tough to make up. If they can stay hot, it's possible.
The Avs are having one of their host streaks. That's of course relative to the rest of the season. As 5-3-2 would hardly be viewed as "hot" by most other teams. They just need something positive to cling to this year.
It seems that the Avalanche have run out of answers. They're mired in last place in the Central Division and have made their 2013-14 run seem like a distant memory.
Goalie Calvin Pickard gave the Avs a bit of a boost in replacing the injured Semyon Varlamov. It wasn't enough to help the Avs gain much ground, but it's good to know the 22-year-old can handle some tough jobs when needed.
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Earning a last-second win over the reeling Boston Bruins was a pretty sound way to break a long scoreless drought. The possession concerns that followed the Avs heading into the season appear warranted, though.
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