With an early win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a big win against the Anaheim Ducks, the Colorado Avalanche are back in the playoffs, but are still in need of a playoff push.
Here are five things to know about the team’s final six games: Who’s hot: The Avalanche have five players who have at least 15 points, one of whom is forward Ryan O’Reilly, who is playing his sixth consecutive game with at least five points.
The Avalanche will need all of that to get to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
They have the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the No: 11 seed in a potential playoff race between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings.
The Avs are 1-1-1 against the top-seeded teams this season, and have lost to the defending Stanley Cup champions twice.
Who’s not: The Colorado Avalanche lost three of four games to the Nashville Predators last weekend.
The Predators are on a three-game losing streak, their longest since a five-game run from Jan. 8-24, 2018.
They will look to get back on track Saturday night against the Ottawa Sens.
Who could be a problem: The Avals are one of four teams in the NHL with a .500 record this season.
But the team has struggled to score in recent games, with the Avs being outshot 21-5 and outshot in the second period of the team loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.
The Coyotes have won four straight games, and are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot with a win over Winnipeg Saturday night.
Who can be a factor: The Coyotes are one-and-done in their past six games, which has given the Coyotes an edge in the standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.
The Kings are also two-and_done, but have been better than the Coyotes in recent weeks.
Who has struggled this season?
The Coyotes will need to improve their play in their own zone to get any success against the Avions.
Arizona is currently third in the league with a plus-22 rating, but has been outscored 31-20 in the third period of games.
It has allowed at least one goal in eight of its past 10 games.
If the Avals can’t get any help from their own net, they could be on the back foot.
Who needs help: Arizona has been one of the NHL’s worst goaltenders in recent years, and is in the midst of a seven-game winless streak.
The team will be without goalie Jonathan Quick (upper body) for Saturday night’s game.
Ryan Miller (upper-body) has been sidelined since Feb. 15 with a lower-body injury, but he should be available.
The Colorado Wild have had a number of players go down with injuries this season and are not looking to make any excuses.
They are 1 1/2 games out of the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but could be in danger of falling to last place.
Who wins: The Phoenix Coyotes are playing their fourth game in a row, and they are 1/3 away from the playoffs.
But they will have to be patient to get there, and will need more from their defensemen than they have so far.
The Wild have a 6-5-1 record and are 4-3-1 in their last six games.