The Colorado Avalanche have crossed the halfway point for the 2013 NHL regular season, and are just 10-11-4 going into Thursday night’s action. The team’s 24 points is tied for worst in the whole Western Conference.
That sounds bad on the surface, but Colorado is just four points away from the final playoff spot, and will play the team in that spot Thursday with a game against the Minnesota Wild. This game carries extra meaning for a number of reasons but just like every other game the rest of the regular season, the Avalanche are in need of a string of victories.
The Avalanche got shut out in their last game after winning two straight games. The game on Thursday begins a back-to-back with Minnesota as the Wild will also come to Colorado on Saturday afternoon.
Colorado really needs to come away with at least two points in these games, while three points would be even better. Minnesota has been struggling this season too and with the scoring punch that the Avalanche can potentially put on the ice, those games are very important for the rest of the season.
There are just 23 games remaining now for Colorado and with almost every team in the Western Conference sitting between 24 and 30 points for the year, it is going to be a battle right down to the final weekend to see who makes the playoffs.
Colorado needs to start winning on a regular basis beginning right now, and that starts Thursday night with their game against Minnesota.