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Colorado Avalanche game preview: It all comes down to this

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Win tonight and it’s playoffs. Lose, and it was all for naught.

Chris Kenady #25
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After 81 games - almost 5,000 minutes of playing time - all of this season’s hard work comes down to one single game.

Win and you’re in. Lose, and it’s a long, long off-season to look in the mirror.

Win and Nathan MacKinnon is in his rightful place in the Hart Trophy discussion. Lose and he falls victim to an arbitrary and stupid unspoken rule.

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
7:00PM - Pepsi Center
Watch: NHL Network, Altitude, NHL Live
SBN: St. Louis Game Time

The Avalanche haven’t been heading into a potential playoff spot like they want it. Three losses in California for the final road trip didn’t make things easy for themselves.

The Blues, however, in that same time frame didn’t do themselves any favours either. Losing to the Capitals and Blackhawks to end their home games - before beating the ‘Hawks last night - put them in a position where they, like Colorado, come down to the final game of the season to determine their spring fate. There isn’t much to say aside from:

The Avalanche must win this game in regulation.

A point to the Blues means no playoffs.

Here are your team lines.

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Alexander Kerfoot
Matt Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Gabriel Bourque - Sven Andrighetto - Nail Yakupov

Nikita Zadorov - Tyson Barrie
Patrick Nemeth - Mark Alt
Samuel Girard - Mark Barberio

Jonathan Bernier - Andrew Hammond

St. Louis Blues

Jayden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund - Kyle Brodziak - Alexander Steen
Dmitrij Jaskin - Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thomson
Nikita Soshnikov - Ivan Barbeshev - Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn - Colton Parayko
Chris Butler - Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton
Jake Allen

There’s not a lot to say on a day like today. It’s time to get your superstitions ready. Let’s relax, let’s prepare, let’s pray to whatever benevolent God you know.

Let’s win this game.

Go Avs Go