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Colorado Avalanche (40-25-8)

Sun. 3/18 Tue. 3/20 Thu. 3/22 Sat. 3/24 Mon. 3/26
vs. Det
W 5-1
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@ Chi
W 5-1
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vs. LA
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT
vs. VGK
12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 PM MST2:00 PM EST23:00 UAE15:00 ETNaN:� BRT
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT

Surprising Avalanche host Kings

No one is surprised the Los Angeles Kings are playing in a game with playoff implications this late in the season. After all, they have won two Stanley Cups in the last six years and have a talented, experienced lineup.

What is surprising, especially after last season, is the team they're battling for playoff positioning is the Colorado Avalanche. No one thought after Colorado finished last in the NHL with 48 points in 2016-17 that it would make such a significant turnaround. But the Avalanche have, and with nine games to go they are sitting in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference heading into Thursday's home game against the Kings.

Los Angeles (40-27-7) trails Colorado by one point and Anaheim by a point for third place in the Pacific Division after the Ducks' 4-0 victory in Calgary on Wednesday. The Kings are coming off a tough back-to-back Monday and Tuesday in Minnesota and Winnipeg but managed to get three out of a possible four points.

Points: N. MacKinnon91
Plus/Minus: P. Nemeth28
Shots on Goal: N. MacKinnon251
PIM: N. Zadorov92
Win: S. Varlamov22
Shutouts: J. Bernier2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 235 (7)
Shots: 2156 (30)
PP%: 21.2% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 684 (11)
Assists: 393 (7)
SH Goals: 7 (10)
Central Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Nashville 48 14 10 106
Winnipeg 44 19 10 98
Minnesota 41 24 8 90
Colorado 40 25 8 88
St. Louis 40 28 5 85
Dallas 38 28 8 84
Chicago 30 35 9 69
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 209 (18)
Shots Against: 2423 (6)
PK%: 84.1% (3)
Penalty Minutes: 736 (4)
Shutouts: 4 (14)
Sv%: 0.914 (7)
Date Player Status
3/20 C. Soderberg Illness (day-to-day)
3/11 J. Bernier Neck (day-to-day)
2/27 A. Hammond Concussion (IR)
1/25 M. Barberio Lower-body injury (IR)
Date Player Transactions
3/17 V. Kamenev Called up from minors from San Antonio-AHL
3/11 S. Martin Called up from minors from San Antonio-AHL
3/11 V. Kamenev Sent to minors San Antonio-AHL (conditioning)
3/10 D. Warsofsky Called up from minors from San Antonio-AHL
3/5 S. Martin Sent to minors San Antonio-AHL
3/2 C. Timmins Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
3/2 A. Mironov Waived for purpose of terminating contract
3/1 D. Warsofsky Sent to minors San Antonio-AHL
2/27 S. Martin Called up from minors from San Antonio-AHL
2/26 M. Alt Claimed off waivers
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