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SportPush for the Playoffs: Avs looking to gain ground in West race

18:05  07 march  2019
18:05  07 march  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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game in regulation/overtime and lost ground in the Western Conference playoff race against a team that lost in OT Tuesday at The Avs (90 points) could have leapfrogged St. Louis and Anaheim The NL West has arguably been the most fun race throughout the season. It was a four-team race for a bit.

Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. The Avs visit the Stars knowing a win could put them in a good spot. The Stars sit in the first wild-card spot on 73 points, following by the Minnesota Wild in the final playoff seed on 72 points and the Avalanche

Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. We’ll highlight the current playoff picture in both conferences, take a look at what the first-round matchups might look like, see who’s leading the race for the best odds in the draft lottery and more.

Out east, all eyes will be on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN), but in the Western Conference, a Central Division matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars has quite of bit of playoff intrigue.

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Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. It was a game they absolutely had to have if they are going to make up this ground in the Eastern Conference, and they have another game just like that on Tuesday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

The Avs (90 points) could have leapfrogged St. Louis and Anaheim, both with 91 points, if they had won. Instead, they remain out of the playoff picture But Colorado’s power play was 0-of-3 and didn’t look dangerous at all. “Generally, we’ve counted on our power play to get at least one a night, so

The Avs visit the Stars knowing a win could put them in a good spot. The Stars sit in the first wild-card spot on 73 points, following by the Minnesota Wild in the final playoff seed on 72 points and the Avalanche sitting on the periphery with 70 points.

Given that the Wild are in Tampa to face the nearly-unbeatable Lightning, a win for the Avs, who meet the streaking Stars — winners of their last three games — would be a huge boost to their playoff chances if Tampa can take care of business a few states over in Florida.

“For us, it’s not really pressure,” Avs forward Sven Andrighetto told the Avs’ website on Wednesday. “It’s a position we want to be in. We’re playing meaningful hockey, hockey that matters. Every single point, every game matters… to make the playoffs or not.”

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Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. We’ll highlight the current playoff picture in both conferences, take Given Winnipeg’s recent struggles with desperate teams (and the Avs fit that criteria knowing a loss would make things quite interesting right

The NL West has arguably been the most fun race throughout the season. It was a four-team race for a bit. It's looking increasingly unlikely that Brandon Morrow will be back and the bullpen has started to show some cracks. Rough week, but they actually gained ground in the NL Central.

IF PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Lightning vs. Canadiens

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

Capitals vs. Penguins

Islanders vs. Hurricanes

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Flames vs. Wild

Sharks vs. Golden Knights

Predators vs. Stars

Jets vs. Blues

TODAY’S GAMES WITH PLAYOFF CONTENDERS

Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. ET

Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN; live stream)

Islanders at Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET

Wild at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sabres at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET

Avalanche at Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET

Canucks at Oilers, 9 p.m. ET

Flames at Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET

Blues at Kings 10:30 p.m. ET

Canadiens at Sharks 10:30 p.m. ET

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Push for the Playoffs: Avs looking to gain ground in West race © Provided by NBC Sports Group

PLAYOFF PERCENTAGES (via Sports Club Stats)

Lightning – 100 percent

Bruins – 100 percent

Maple Leafs – 100 percent

Islanders – 98.6 percent

Capitals – 98 percent

Penguins – 90.6 percent

Hurricanes – 85.5 percent

Canadiens – 68.4 percent

Blue Jackets – 56 percent

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Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. We’ll highlight the current playoff picture in both conferences, take a look at what the first-round matchups might look like, see who’s leading the race for the best odds in the draft lottery and more.

Push for the Playoffs will run every morning through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. We’ll highlight the current playoff picture in both conferences Perhaps the most interesting race of the day will come in the Central Division. There, the Nashville Predators hold a narrow one-point lead on the

Flyers – 2 percent

Sabres – 0.5 percent

Panthers – 0.5 percent

Rangers – 0 percent

Devils – 0 percent

Red Wings – 0 percent

Senators – 0 percent

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Push for the Playoffs: Avs looking to gain ground in West race © Provided by NBC Sports Group

PLAYOFF PERCENTAGES (via Sports Club Stats)

Flames – 100 percent

Sharks – 100 percent

Jets – 99.9 percent

Predators – 99.8 percent

Golden Knights – 98.4 percent

Blues – 97.2 percent

Stars 82.8 percent

Avalanche – 45.6 percent

Wild – 41.8 percent

Coyotes 28 percent

Oilers – 3.5 percent

Canucks – 2.1 percent

Blackhawks – 0.9 percent

Ducks – 0 percent

Kings – 0 percent

Push for the Playoffs: Avs looking to gain ground in West race © Provided by NBC Sports Group

JACK OR KAAPO? THE DRAFT LOTTERY PICTURE

Senators – 18.5 percent*

Red Wings – 13.5 percent

Kings – 11.5 percent

Devils – 9.5 percent

Ducks – 8.5 percent

Blackhawks – 7.5 percent

Canucks – 6.5 percent

Rangers – 6 percent

Oilers – 5 percent

Panthers – 3.5 percent

Sabres – 3 percent

Avalanche 2.5 percent

Coyotes – 2 percent

Flyers – 1.5 percent

Blue Jackets – 1 percent**

(*OTT’s 2019 first-round pick owned by COL)

(**CBJ’s 2019 lottery-protected first-round pick is owned by OTT. If top three, moves to 2020)

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NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders have a chance to build on their lead in the race for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern None of those teams play Wednesday. Offense has been hard to come by recently for the Islanders. They know they need to find some quickly.

And so this Denver squad that looked like a postseason longshot a week ago is now less than a game away from the eighth spot. The Nuggets are balancing their “win-now” reality with playing pressure-free basketball with four games to go. That’s why, when the Pacers ripped off their their fourth-quarter

ART ROSS RACE

Nikita Kucherov, Lightning – 108 points

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks – 94 points

Connor McDavid, Oilers – 92 points

Sidney Crosby, Penguins – 86 points

Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche – 85 points

Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche – 84 points

ROCKET RICHARD RACE

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals – 46 goals

Leon Draisaitl, Oilers – 41 goals

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks – 40 goals

John Tavares, Maple Leafs – 37 goals

Brayden Point, Lightning – 37 goals

Jeff Skinner, Sabres – 36 goals

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

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