It is impossible to accurately predict which teams will make the NHL playoffs next spring, based on their records in the first month of the season. There are trends and patterns that develop, though, that can point to how a team will perform through the rest of the season.
There are many questions still surrounding the Colorado Avalanche at this point in the season.
Is the coach on the hot seat?
Will their No. 1 goalie stay healthy throughout the season?
Who will step up offensively?
Let's take a look at a couple of scenarios, any combination of which could help get the Avalanche into the playoffs.