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Colorado Avalanche

Venue: Pepsi Center | Coach: Patrick Roy
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The Avs are 11-5-1 since Valentine's Day, but it's already too late. Management has offseason issues to address, but how they've gone about augmenting the roster before, it's hard to know exactly what direction they'll take.
With eight wins in their last 11 games, the Avalanche just won't go away. Their postseason hopes are slim (4.3 percent chance of making it according to SportsClubStats.com), but they're trying to finish the season strong.
The Avs will not go quietly into the night. They've won three straight and seven of their last 10. The seven points they have to make up to get into the wild-card spot is just too much, however. They can let the season play out and get to work on reevaluating where the franchise is headed next.
It was a relatively quiet deadline for the Avs, but they were able to get some value out of aging veteran Max Talbot and make some other minor moves. The Avs have a lot to discuss and figure out about themselves this offseason.
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.
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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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