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This is a HUGE night, with all teams from 7th through 11th in the West in action tonight. This, of course, includes the Avalanche who square off against Phoenix at the grumpy-old-man starting time of 10pm eastern. A win by Colorado keeps the Avalanche in 7th and gives them a little bit of breathing room. A loss will drop them to 8th or 9th and would really damage their playoff chances. Tonight won't decide any race, but it could have a tremendous impact all around.

The nail-biting begins at 8pm with the Flames taking on the Wild in Minnesota. The Wild have lost 8 of their last 10 overall and 4 straight to Calgary, perhaps weakening their claim as the best team in the league. A regulation win tonight would be very beneficial to the Avs.

At 10:30, the Blues and Kings get underway in Los Angeles and the Bruins and Sharks drop the puck in San Jose. The Kings and Sharks each have 2 games in hand on Colorado. They need to lose.

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 Colorado NW 75 40 30 5 85 31 196 196 E 22-15-1 18-15-4 9-2 7-2-1 Won 2
8 Los Angeles PAC 73 36 25 12 84 31 172 160 +12 20-13-4 16-12-8 5-7 8-2-0 Won 5
9 Phoenix PAC 74 36 26 12 84 30 194 192 +2 18-12-6 18-14-6 6-9 3-4-3 OT 1
10 San Jose PAC 73 36 27 10 82 29 199 191 +8 21-12-3 15-15-7 7-5 3-4-3 Lost 2
11 Calgary NW 74 34 26 14 82 31 183 201 -18 20-10-6 14-16-8 3-8 5-2-3 OT 2