The Colorado Avalanche could well be a very dangerous team should they make the playoffs this season as a Wild Card in the Western Conference.
A fairly uninspiring 25-24-11 in the Central Division, good for fifth behind the Winnipeg Jets, the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars, and 3-4-3 in their last 10 outings, the Avalanche nonetheless have the fifth best scoring record in the Conference.
Should Colorado tighten their defense, even slightly, this is not a team that anyone will want to play in the first round.
Evidence of this was Wednesday night when the Jets arrived at the Pepsi Center in Denver and got blown out 7-1 by their hosts.
Carl Soderberg, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Calvert, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog and A.J. Greer were all on target for the Avalanche to hand Winnipeg their biggest defeat of the campaign.
It was also the second time in a week that Colorado had got the better of the Jets having won 4-1 in Winnipeg last Thursday.
The Avalanche have scored 17 goals in four games against the Jets this season and the series is tied at two games apiece with a final regular season clash the first week of April.
The Avalanche are 33/1 to win the Western Conference with the Jets 17/4.
Friday Colorado will head to the United Center in Chicago to face the Blackhawks before continuing on to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and a clash with the Predators.
Chicago might well be the biggest challenger to the Avalanche for the second Wild Card as the Blackhawks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.
Colorado are 66/1 to win the Stanley Cup this year while the Jets are 12/1.
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