Avalanche: What's On Tap?

Surely, most of Avalanche fans are aware that the Avs are riding a 4-game winning streak and are still well within the playoff hunt. At this time of the year, instead of looking at lottery picks (points and laughs at Oilers fans), we can instead look at the Avs' remaining schedule and how it might impact playoff chances. Yes, it's nice to type that.

The Avalanche have 18 games remaining, 9 at home and 9 on the road. 8 of their games are against teams currently lower than them in the standings, with 10 coming against teams above them. Overall, though, the average point total for their opponents is 69.6 - almost a dead on match with the Avalanche (70 points).

Colorado's young guns will be playing at a fairly consistent pace the rest of the way. The Avs have one two-day break (March 18th and 19th) and a bizarre 4-day break before the final two games of the year. Colorado has two more sets of back-to-backs and all other games are with 1-day off in between.

Unfortunately, the nasty "can't-beat-the-NW" meme is going to rear it's ugly head before the final curtain call. The Avs have 7 games remaining against those pesky NW rivals and, overall, Colorado has a 13-31-4 record against their remaining opponents. No matter what, the Avalanche will not be able to make the playoffs without winning at least a few NW games; there just won't be enough points available against non-NW teams.

GP Date Opponent Pts Record Avg GF Avg GA
65 Thu, Mar 1, 2012 Columbus Blue Jackets 43 2-0-0 4.0 1.0
66 Sat, Mar 3, 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins 77 0-1-0 3.0 6.0
67 Sun, Mar 4, 2012 @ Minnesota Wild 65 1-3-0 1.5 1.8
68 Tue, Mar 6, 2012 Minnesota Wild 65 1-3-0* 1.5 1.8
69 Thu, Mar 8, 2012 @ Nashville Predators 81 0-1-1 1.5 3.5
70 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 Edmonton Oilers 56 2-3-0 2.4 2.6
71 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 Anaheim Ducks 64 2-1-0 3.3 2.0
72 Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ Buffalo Sabres 62 0-0-0
73 Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ New Jersey Devils 74 1-0-0 6.0 1.0
74 Sat, Mar 17, 2012 @ New York Rangers 86 0-0-0
75 Tue, Mar 20, 2012 Calgary Flames 67 0-4-0 2.0 3.3
76 Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ Phoenix Coyotes 73 1-2-0 1.7 4.0
77 Sat, Mar 24, 2012 Vancouver Canucks 87 0-3-1 0.8 3.8
78 Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ San Jose Sharks 71 1-2-0 3.0 4.0
79 Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ Vancouver Canucks 87 0-3-1* 0.8 3.8
80 Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ Calgary Flames 67 0-4-0* 2.0 3.3
81 Thu, Apr 5, 2012 Columbus Blue Jackets 43 2-0-0* 4.0 1.0
82 Sat, Apr 7, 2012 Nashville Predators 85 0-1-1* 1.5 3.5

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