If You Have a Deity, Pray To It; Avalanche Playoff Hopes on Life Support

I sit here in my high school on Wednesday morning and feel the need to examine what has been mostly taking up my time the last few months, and that's my Colorado Avalanche. This morning, grabbing a bite at McD's, I saw that San Jose had won 5-2 over Dallas and we now sat 4 points behind the Sharks and 1 behind Dallas.

All of us have 2 games left, but in order for the Avalanche to make it, we have to win out (it will be no easy task to beat Pekka Rinne's Preds), and San Jose has to lose out, all in regulation. Dallas can win once, and lose in regulation--or lose both in overtime. Overall, Avs fans it's not looking good.

If you're an Avs fan, congrats, you're also a Kings fan now. They have a home and home with San Jose. With the likes of Jeff Carter and Jonathan Quick, I feel fairly optimistic. Especially since the Kings don't want a team with SJ's talent in the playoffs.

The Stars also have two tough games left, in Nashville and at home versus St. Louis. If I had to guess, with nothing to play for, the Stars will win versus the Blues. Especially because Chris Stewart is really good at making the Avs lose. It's not like the Stars or Sharks have Minnesota to obliterate that puts one in the bank.

My best advice to fans and players is focus. Columbus got us once in a trap game, and when Mason's on, they're dangerous. Nashville is maybe the best team in the West with Alex Radulov.

It would be fairly ironic to be eliminated by a three point game, as they have MURDERED us coming in. My prediction is that in the home game versus L.A., San Jose gets a point in a shootout and we're done.

Let's hope that predicition is a Swaim Jinx...

Calder Update

Landeskog's got it. No sweat. Calgary game clinched it. And I was on RNH's bandwagon as of last Wednesday.

Follow me on Twitter @Swaim55 for sarcasm and foul mouthed criticism for officials in all the games Thursday :) is a fan community, allowing members to post their own thoughts and opinions on the Colorado Avalanche and hockey in general. These views and thoughts may not be shared by the editors of

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