I tried this before and I seemed to jinx the Avs. Hopefully this one will have better results!
The Boys don't play again until Saturday afternoon. This will probably be a welcomed break to the players, but 4 days of hell to us fans watching the standings. Here's a breakdown of the games being played and how they can affect the Avs:
Detroit @ New York Islanders: Hopefully everyone on the Islanders not named Tavares can light up the Wings tonight. The injured Wings are seated right outside of a playoff spot right now by 1 point. Here's to hoping they stay outside of the playoffs for the remainder of the season.
Dallas @ Philadelphia: I'm a bit conflicted on this game to be honest. I do not see Dallas as much of a threat to the Avs and would love for them to close in on Detroit with a win tonight. However Dallas is only 9 points behind us and I would rather the 2 pts to go to the Eastern Conference where they're less likely to hurt us. Since Lappy is now a Flyer, I'll cheer for the Flyers from time to time.
Columbus @ St. Louis: The BJs are seated #13 with 45 points and the Blues are #14 with 43 points. I'm just cheering for no OT here. Whoever is winning in the 3rd needs to take the game. I guess if I had to pick, I would personally cheer for the Blues since the BJs fans hate Footer so much. Jerks.
Nashville @ Edmonton: Nashville is one of those "better than you think" teams seated right behind the Avs with 57 points. Edmonton, on the other hand, is dead last in the West with 37 points and a painful 1-8-1 in L10. A Preds victory here let's them take the #4 spot. They did us a tremendous favor last night by beating the Canucks, but I'm going to "et tu Brute?" the Preds tonight and pull for the Oil.
San Jose @ Phoenix: Almost the same story as above, but replace "Nashville" with Phoenix. A Yote victory will leap-frog them ahead of the Avs. A Sharks win here will be a tremendous benefit.
Boston @ Anaheim: Not a huge game for the Avs, but let's hope the Bruins can take the W here and keep the Ducks from earning any points out of this match up.
Vancouver @ Minnesota: This game just sucks for the Avs. The Adjectives have been doing much better recently and are currently on a 3 game winning streak now seated #10 in the West with a respectable 49 points. Vancouver has 56 points. A Canuck victory here will tie them with the Avs in points and wins but the third tie breaker will go Vancouver. This will be one of the few times I want the Wild to win, and win big. For the pessimists out there, Vancouver has beaten the Wild in all 3 of their match ups this season.
Pittsburgh @ Calgary: A no brainer for the Avs. The Pens have been struggling recently posting a 3-7-0 record in the L10. Crosby has been hot lately scoring 5 goals in his last 3 games. This is one of those strange games where the Avs can actually move up in the standings with a Calgary loss.
Vancouver loss + Calgary loss = Avs move to #3 and recapture what is rightfully ours, the NW crown.
Vancouver win + Calgary loss = 3-way tie between Avs/Nucks/Lames.
We get into the fine print of the 3rd tie breaker which states "If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing." What I think this means (someone correct me if I'm wrong please!) is that Vancouver takes the NW crown, Colorado takes the second spot, and Calgary slips to 3rd in NW. So the Avs stay where they are at 5th in the West.
Vancouver win + Calgary win = Calgary remains atop the NW, and Vancouver bumps Colorado to 6th in the West, and 3rd in the NW.