Colorado Avalanche and 5 Teams That Will Fight Their Way into NHL Postseason
With around two months left of the NHL regular season, many teams are fighting for a playoff position.
The East currently has the eighth, ninth and 10th seed sitting one point apart, while the West has six teams separated by five points.
With the top spots pretty secure, it should be an interesting eight weeks to see what teams get hot at the right time.
A win streak or a losing streak can occur at any moment in sports. With playoff intentions on the line, I have created a list of five teams who have a chance at making the 2012 NHL playoffs.
The Colorado Avalanche currently sit three spots and three points behind the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
With the duo of goaltenders in Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Semyon Varlamov, the Avalanche have allowed an average of 2.7 goals per game, ranking 16th in the league.
The Avalanche have also faired well on their power-play percentage, ranking eighth overall with 19.2 percent.
The Avalanche currently have four games remaining against teams that are a few points ahead of them. With solid play in the last few weeks, the Avalanche will have opportunities to grab a spot in this year's playoffs.
The Dallas Stars remain tied in points with the Colorado Avalanche at 62, sitting 10th in the Western Conference.
After starting the season at 6-1, the Dallas Stars have regressed in the Western standings.
The Stars stand a good chance at reaching the playoffs with their remaining schedule. There are 23 games remaining for the Stars, and nine of them will be against current non-playoff caliber teams.
Losing five of their last six, the Dallas Stars need to turn their recent slump around if they want to play further into April.
The Washington Capitals stand one point and two positions out of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Behind Southeast Division foe the Winnipeg Jets, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals will face off against these two teams four more times in the regular season.
Containing one of the most explosive players in the game, Alexander Ovechkin leads the team with 45 points on the season.
Ten of the team's final games will be against non-playoff caliber teams, which bodes well for a team losing four of their last five.
In their inaugural season, the former Atlanta Thrashers stand one point behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In their new home of Winnipeg, the Jets are riding a three-game winning streak heading into their next matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.
With 21 games remaining in their regular season, nine of those contests will be against teams currently on the outside looking in.
If the Jets can keep up their winning ways toward the back end of the season, they stand a good chance at snagging that eighth spot.
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are currently tied with the Calgary Flames at 65 points a piece and sit one spot outside of the Top Eight.
Earning the third best goals against average in the entire league, the Kings average two goals against per contest. They are also fourth in the league in penalty kill percentage.
Possessing one of best young talents in the NHL, Anze Kopitar leads the team with 50 points on the season.
Stellar goaltending has also helped the Kings remain in playoff contention. Jonathan Quick has appeared in 50 games this season producing a .934 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average.
With 23 games remaining—including one against the Calgary Flames, the Los Angeles Kings have a good chance in reaching the postseason.
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