Colorado Avalanche Are Playoff Bound
On March 29, 2014, the Colorado Avalanche clinch first playoff berth since 2010. In front of a sold out crowd at Pepsi Center In Denver CO. Team reached a startling 100 points and took over second place in the NHL’s Central Division. There are eight games remaining in the regular season.
Semyon Varlamov helped the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks with 47 saves. John Mitchell, Paul Statsny and Cody Mc Leod each scored in the game.
Possibly more significant in the long run, Matt Duchene suffered a knee injury on his first shift in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. Duchene underwent a MRI and the results will be presented early Monday.
The two points enabled the Avalanche to leap over Chicago into second place in the division. It is significant because the two teams are headed for the play-offs. They will most like play in the No.2 vs No.3 for opening round play off match up. Home Ice advantage going to the No.2. Colorado wants to the home ice advantage and they have to continue to win.
It’s been a long road back for the Avalanche but the wait has been worth. Colorado’s 47 wins are the most since 2000-01. 100 points are the most since the Avalanche hit the number in 2003-2004.
The Avalanche created a young core of players coming from a few years of high draft picks. Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon are living up to their expectations to form a rapidly maturing young core in Colorado. Ryan OReily and Paul Statsny are also living up to potential.
Colorado Avalanche Correspondent
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