Even when the Avs don't play, there are still other teams playing that can change the Avs' position in the standings. During these breaks, many of us might be Jones'in for hockey. There are other games we can follow that will help the Avs in the standings.
Thursday December 17
Dallas at Atlanta - While the Stars are not very close to the Avs in the standings right now, an additional loss here to the struggling Stars (3-3-4 in last 10) would increase the Avs buffer.
Phoenix at Columbus - Phoenix has been good lately (7-2-1 in L10) and has climbed back into a playoff position. They are only 2 points behind the Avs. A Columbus victory here would give the Avs a little breathing room and might make the Jackets less hungry for their match up on Saturday at The Can.
Mild at Montreal - Go Habs Go!
Tampa Bay at Detoilet- No brainer here. Detroit should lose 82 games a season.
Anaheim at San Jose - The Sharks have one more point than the Avs, but are currently seated lower since the Avs have the NW crown. The Ducks have won their last 2, and can hopefully deal a loss to the Sharks tonight.
LA at Flame-Outs - Critical game for Avalanche Country. If Calgary wins, we lose the NW crown. LA has been smoking hot lately (8-1-1 in L10) and did manage a victory over the Flames the last time they meet on Dec 7. An OTL is okay (but not preferred) since the Avs currently have 2 points on the Flames. The 'Most Games Played' torch will be passed to the Kings tonight as they play their 37th game of the season. As motivation, the Kings can take 1st in the league with a victory tonight.