Your move: Avs climb over Wild after beating Canucks


For at least tonight, the Colorado Avalanche have the edge on the Minnesota Wild for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.

The Avs did so by beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday, scoring the last three goals of the game and enjoying a two-tally performance from “rental” Mikkel Boedker.

Here’s how the race for that last wild card spot looks now, keeping it to the Avs and Wild at the moment:

Avalanche: 76 points in 71 games played (33 ROW)
Wild: 75 points in 70 GP (31 ROW)

As you can see, this is a tenuous lead for the Avalanche. Minnesota can go back ahead if they beat the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, leaving them tied in games played … for at least a moment.

Looking at their schedules, there’s one date that sticks out like a sore thumb:

Saturday, March 26: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

That marks the only head-to-head game remaining between the two teams. For all we know, it could all come down to that contest, especially if the Wild or Avalanche can snag a win in regulation.

For now, though, it’s almost like a tennis match, with the Avalanche holding serve tonight.