The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - March 31st, 2014

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

I know this article is a bit out of date, O'Reilley does have penalty minutes now, but it's still nice to an Avalanche player get national media attention.

He chuckled at the thought of going to the box in one of the remaining nine games.

"The boys would just kill it off," he said.

The 23-year-old O’Reilly has had some close calls this season, where he thought for sure a penalty might be whistled on him. Like when he interfered with a Detroit player earlier in the season.

"I stepped into him. Probably should’ve been called," said O’Reilly, who was Colorado’s second-round selection in 2009. "It depends on the game — some games they call everything, and some games they let a lot go. Just depends on the night."

Want a bit more information on the playoff format? Globe and Mail has got you covered.

The NHL’s move to a division-based playoff format this season from a conference setup has a lot of people confused, even those who follow the league for a living. Actually, the confusion arises in the second round as the old conference-based seeding system is no longer in effect. But we will get to that after a look at the first round.

There is no change in the number of teams that make the playoffs – eight in both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. However, the big change is in how those playoff spots are awarded with the NHL adopting a wild-card system. The top three teams in each of the four divisions make the playoffs. Then the two teams in each conference with the next highest point totals, regardless of division, are added to bring the number of playoff teams to 16.

Let's preface this by saying I am not a huge Don Cherry fan, however, he is saying that if Detroit makes the playoffs, teams won't fear them (video link, does not start automatically).

The Detroit Red Wings won't be intimidating anyone if they make the playoffs, if you subscribe to Don Cherry's theory.

The Coach's Corner commentator used his Saturday night segment on Hockey Night in Canada to explain why he thought the team lacks a certain toughness that is required to win games.

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