DENVER, CO - MARCH 12: Jamie McGinn #11 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal in the first period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center on March 12, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Avalanche Vs. Flames: Avs Coast To 4-1 Victory

Colorado wrapped up their season series against the Flames with a win in Calgary, bringing their record this season vs. Calgary to 2-4.

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Avalanche 2012 NHL Playoff Odds: Colorado A Long Shot To Reach Postseason

The Colorado Avalanche are just two points out of eighth place in the Western Conference and three out of seventh, but their playoff odds appear to be slim because time is working against them. Colorado -- which sits in 10th place -- has just two games to play, while the teams in seventh through ninth have three left. And according to one site that handicaps the playoff race, that puts the Avs in some poor shape:

According to sportsclubstats.com, the Avs have a 5.1 percent chance of making the playoffs. Essentially what has to happen is: the Avs have to win their final two games and have the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks each go 1-2 in their final three games.

Colorado closes out its regular season with home games against Columbus and Nashville.

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Avalanche Vs. Flames Recap: Colorado Conquers Calgary, 4-1

The Colorado Avalanche's 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames may not end up helping them reach the 2012 NHL Playoffs, but it will certainly help the team feel confident heading into its upcoming game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets with the eighth seed still within reach, however faintly.

The Avs' Mark Oliver scored the game's first goal just over three minutes into the game, and Colorado never looked back, not allowing the Flames to score until there was less than a minute left in the game. Oliver's goal— his fourth of the season— came unassisted, and it was followed a little over seven minutes later by David Jones, whose 19th goal of the season came thanks to help from Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog.

Milan Hejduk lit the lamp for the 14th time this season to give the Avs a 3-0 lead in the second period, with Johnson and Landeskog both once again tallied an assist each on the goal. The third period was quiet until Jerome Iginla scored his 32nd goal of the season with 38 seconds left in the game. Colorado got that goal back quickly, though, when Peter Mueller scored his seventh goal of the season thanks to an empty net.

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Avalanche Vs. Flames Score Update: Colorado Up Two After First

It definitely qualifies as "too little, too late" but after going 1-4 against the Calgary Flames so far in the 2011-2012 season, the Colorado Avalanche are off to a good start as they look to take a game back from the Flames. The Avs scored two first period goals on Friday night to go into intermission with a 2-0 lead over Calgary.

The night's first goal came courtesy a relatively unfamiliar face: center Mark Oliver, who scored his fourth goal of the season with 3:21 spent in the game. That goal was followed just over seven minutes later by winger David Jones, who lit the lamp for the 19th time this season on assists from Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog.

Semyon Varlamov was steady in goal for the Avs in the first, turning away all 12 of Calgary's shots on goal.

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Avalanche Vs. Flames: Colorado Wraps Up Season Series In Calgary

Well, it was a fun ride.

The Colorado Avalanche made a late push for the postseason with a spectacular second half of the season, but they will likely fall just short of a playoff berth. A lack of success within the Northwest Division proved to be their Achilles Heel this season, as the Avalanche gained a total of two points in six games against the Vancouver Canucks, failing to beat their division foe during the season for the first time in franchise history.

Colorado didn't fare much better against their opponent on Friday night, the Calgary Flames. In five meetings this season, the Avalanche are 1-4 against their division rivals. In their last meeting two weeks ago, the Avalanche barely won on an overtime goal by David Jones with just over a minute remaining. Now, with both clubs likely out of the postseason, the stakes are essentially nonexistent.

The Flames can blame a late season swoon as well, with a 1-3-3 record in their past seven games -- including losses to likely lottery teams in Edmonton, Columbus, and Minnesota. At the end of the season, neither Colorado nor Calgary had the talent to make it into the NHL postseason. These two rivals will face off against each other one last time this season before renewing their rivalry in the fall.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. MDT.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Final Score: Colorado Falls 1-0 To Vancouver

The Colorado Avalanche played well on Wednesday night against the mighty Vancouver Canucks, but a stellar effort from Canucks goalie Cory Schneider straddled the Avs with a devastating loss. The Avs are close, but still on the outside looking in as one of five teams vying for two playoff spots in the Western Conference. The loss drops the Avs to 40-33-6, while the win gives the Canucks 103 points and improves the team to 47-21-9.

The lone goal of the game was scored with three minutes remaining in the first period when Chris Higgins scored his 16th goal of the season shorthanded off an assist from Samuel Pahlsson. That was all the support the Canucks needed.

Schneider's effort may be one of the most impressive we've seen this season, and it comes at a terrible time for the Avs. Schneider made 43 saves on the night, while Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov only faced 23 total shots.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct. For NHL news, analysis and opinion go the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Score Update: Vancouver Leads 1-0 After Scoreless 2nd Period

The Colorado Avalanche are one of five teams fighting for two spots in the Western Conference playoffs. Through two periods tonight, the Avs trail the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Vancouver currently sits as the No. 2 seed and have already clinched its division.

There was no scoring in the second period. Vancouver's Chris Higgins' shorthanded score in the first period, his 16th of the year, remains the lone tally in the game.

If the Avalanche can't come back and win, they'll have only Canucks goalie Cory Schneider to blame. Colorado has out-shot Vancouver 27-13 through two periods, but Schneider has been on top of his game, thwarting the Avalanche attack at each and every turn.

The Canucks have 26 faceoff wins to just 16 for Colorado. Colorado has 19 hits to Vancouver's 16 hits.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Score Update: Vancouver Leads 1-0 After 1st Period

The Vancouver Canucks have a spot in the Western Conference playoffs already wrapped up, but the Colorado Avalanche are not as lucky. To make the postseason, the Avalanche need every point possible before the regular season ends, and through a period tonight at Rogers Arena, the Canucks lead Colorado 1-0 with two periods left.

With three minutes remaining in the period, Chris Higgins scored a shorthanded goal to get Vancouver on the board. Higgins' 16th goal of the season was set up by teammate Samuel Pahlsson.

Each team had three penalties in the first period. Colorado's Mark Olver and David Booth of the Canucks each drew five minute majors for fighting.

Colorado out-shot Vancouver 13-8 in the period. The Canucks won the faceoff battle 13-7. The Canucks also finished with more hits in the opening frame, 11-9.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks: Colorado Faces Do Or Die In Vancouver

The Colorado Avalanche picked the worst possible time for a three game losing streak. After playing well since the All-Star Break, the Avalanche were firmly in the playoff picture with the chance to bury two of their closes competitors. Instead, disappointing losses at Phoenix and San Jose have buried Colorado. They now face the difficult challenge of winning their last four games of the season in regulation just to have a shot at the postseason.

Colorado faces a familiar foe, as they play the Northwest Division leading Vancouver Canucks for the sixth and final time. The Avalanche have yet to beat Vancouver this season (0-3-2 record), and blew a 2-0 lead in an overtime loss at Pepsi Center just last Saturday night.

As has been the story for much of the season, the Avalanche have suffered from a lack of consistent offense. Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog, and Jamie McGinn have been the only real scoring threats over the past two weeks. Those three players have scored 13 of the 21 total goals that Colorado has scored in their past 10 games. Even if Colorado fails to make the postseason this year, an elite scorer has to be at the top of their wishlist for free agency.

Semyon Varlamov will start in net for Colorado. He will face Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider.

Puck drops at 8:00 p.m. MDT.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks Final Score: San Jose Deals Colorado Crucial Loss

The Colorado Avalanche need all the points they can get if they're to reach the Western Conference playoffs, and the Avs' 4-1 loss tonight to the San Jose Sharks is certainly the last thing Colorado needed. The Avs entered the night with 86 points (same as the Sharks), stuck in the middle of a five-team battle for the final two playoffs spots in the conference. The loss certainly hurts.

It took only :35 seconds for San Jose to push their lead to 4-1 once the third period began. Joe Pavelski scored his second goal of the night and 29th of the year on a power play set-up by teammates Logan Couture and Joe Thornton. Ryane Clowe added an empty-netter for San Jose to get to the final mark.

Shane O'Brien scored the lone goal for the Avs, coming in the second period.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks Score Update: San Jose Leads 3-1 With One Period Left

This is a huge game for the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado entered the night in a three-way tie for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and one of the teams the Avs are tied with is their opponent tonight, the San Jose Sharks. After a scoreless first period, the goals started flying in the second, but it didn't up the way Colorado was hoping. The Sharks lead the Avalanche 3-1 with just one period remaining at HP Pavilion.

Just four minutes into the second period, Joe Pavelski scored his 28th goal of the season to get San Jose on the board. Teammate Andrew Desjardins would make it 2-0 Sharks halfway through the period when he scored his fourth goal of the season off passes from Tommy Wingels and Dan Boyle. The Avalanche would answer three minutes later when Shane O'Brien got Colorado on the board with his third goal of the season. San Jose's Torrey Mitchell would make it 3-1 Sharks with four minutes left in the period.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks Score Update: Game Remains Scoreless After One Period

The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks both generated plenty of quality scoring chances during the first period tonight, but the game will head into the second in a scoreless tie. The Avs out-shot the Sharks 11-10 in the period, even though San Jose had two power play chances to Colorado's one.

Colorado has 15 hits, compared to nine for San Jose. The Sharks won 11 faceoffs, while the Avs won nine.

Each game looms large for the Avs from here on out, particularly this one. If the playoffs started today, Cololorado would be watching from home. The Avs, Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings all have 86 points. The Phoenix Coyotes are in seventh place in the conference with 87 points.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks: Colorado Hopes For Rebound Win In San Jose

The Colorado Avalanche are currently tied with San Jose in the standings, but San Jose holds the tiebreaker.

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