Avalanche Rooting Guide, Afternoon of March 24th

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 23: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate the game winning goal by Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Pepsi Center on December 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Lighning 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Avalanche are in action at 10pm eastern tonight, and we will have a game thread up for that. Until then, grab some popcorn and check out some other games around the NHL that have an impact on the Avs' playoff hopes.

2pm ET - Calgary at Dallas. This is a bad game either way. Dallas has 2 games in hand on the Avs, Calgary has 1. I'm inclined to root for the Flames as a) they'll still be behind Colorado if the Avs win tonight and b) the Flames will ultimately collapse anyway.

9pm ET - Boston at LA. The Bruins failed to help the Avs on Thursday (also failing to help the Avs: the Avs). The B's are only 3 points ahead of Ottawa in their divisional race, which hopefully will inspire them to a big win in LaLa land.

10pm ET - Phoenix at SJ. While the Avalanche play, the Sharks and Coyotes square off in San Jose. This game screws us no matter what. Just hope that it's decided in regulation.

3 Los Angeles PAC 74 37 25 12 86 31 173 160 +13 21-13-4 16-12-8 6-7 8-2-0 Won 6
4 Detroit CEN 74 44 25 5 93 37 225 181 +44 28-5-2 16-20-3 7-2 2-6-2 OT 1
5 Nashville CEN 74 42 24 8 92 38 210 197 +13 23-9-5 19-15-3 4-5 5-4-1 Lost 2
6 Chicago CEN 75 42 25 8 92 37 229 214 +15 26-7-5 16-18-3 5-4 8-1-1 Won 5
7 Phoenix PAC 75 37 26 12 86 31 197 194 +3 19-12-6 18-14-6 6-9 4-3-3 Won 1
8 Dallas PAC 74 40 29 5 85 33 194 197 -3 21-14-3 19-15-2 7-4 7-3-0 Lost 1
9 Colorado NW 76 40 31 5 85 31 198 199 -1 22-15-1 18-16-4 9-2 7-2-1 Lost 1
10 San Jose PAC 74 37 27 10 84 30 201 192 +9 22-12-3 15-15-7 7-5 4-3-3 Won 1
11 Calgary NW 75 34 26 15 83 31 185 204 -19 20-10-6 14-16-9 3-9 5-1-4 OT 3
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