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Game 72 Preview: Avalanche at Kings

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Colorado Avalanche
8:30 MT / 10:30 ET / 3:30 GMT
Los Angeles Kings
40-25-6 March 22nd, 2010
41-24-5
86 pts Staples Center
87 pts
7th in West
Los Angeles, CA 6th in West

Okay, enough of this. It wasn't too long ago that the Avalanche were in contention for the division title. As that slipped away, it became a fight for the 4th or 5th seed in the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Avalanche aren't a lock to make the playoffs and if they DO make the playoffs, they look like easy pickings for whomever they'd have the face. The Avs are 5-5 since the Olympic break, but to call them a .500 team is an overstatement. This team has looked terrible lately, in just about every facet of the game.

That entire paragraph can be turned around in the next two games, both of which are against the Los Angeles Kings. This is a huge home-and-home series. If the Avs win both, they'll move back ahead of the Kings while regaining a more comfortable playoff cushion. Lose both and the Avs would be in real trouble and could potentially be out of the top 8 by next weekend. That's putting the fail cart ahead of the horse a tad, but the bottom line is clear: the Avalanche need to play much better than they have been, and they need to start tonight.

Only one other Western team is in action this evening. Detroit hosts the Penguins in a game that will be over long before the Kings and Avalanche drop the puck. Seriously, 10:30 PM start time? WTF? At any rate, a Red Wings win would place Detroit just one point behind the Avalanche.

Derek has the recap tonight.

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GR MaxPts Avs Magic #
1 Chicago 71 45 19 7 97 11 119 33
2 Phoenix 73 46 22 5 97 9 115 29
3 Vancouver 72 44 24 4 92 10 112 26
4 San Jose 72 43 19 10 96 10 116 30
5 Nashville 73 42 26 5 89 9 107 21
6 Los Angeles 70 41 24 5 87 12 111 25
7 Colorado 71 40 25 6 86 11 108
8 Detroit 71 35 23 13 83 11 105 19
9 Calgary 72 36 27 9 81 10 101 15
10 St. Louis 72 34 29 9 77 10 97 11
11 Minnesota 72 35 31 6 76 10 96 10
12 Dallas 72 31 27 14 76 10 96 10
13 Anaheim 70 33 29 8 74 12 98 12
14 Columbus 72 29 31 12 70 10 90 4
15 Edmonton 71 22 42 7 51 11 73