PLAYOFF QUICK HITS
All-Time Playoff Appearance: 24th
Consecutive Playoff Appearance: 2
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2018 (FR: 4-2 L vs. NSH)
All-Time Playoff Record: 137-125 in 262 GP (25-21 in 46 series)
Game 7s: 6-7 (4-3 at home, 2-4 on road)
Overtime: 37-29 (14-15 at home, 23-14 on road)
Facing Elimination: 20-21 (13-10 at home, 7-11 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: 25-27 (14-13 at home, 11-14 on road)
Stanley Cup Final
Stanley Cup Final Appearances: 2
Stanley Cups: 2 (1996, 2001)
Stanley Cup Champions
All-Time Playoff Formats
All-Time Playoff Standings
Playoff Skater Records
Playoff Goaltender Records
Playoff Team Records
Colorado Avalanche: Year-by-Year Record (playoffs at bottom)
Colorado Avalanche: All-Time Record vs. Opponents (playoffs at bottom)
LOOKING AHEAD: 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
* The Avalanche have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since an 11-year run that began in 1994-95, the franchise's last campaign in Quebec, through 2005-06. Ten of those 11 playoff appearances came with the club based in Colorado, twice ending with a Cup (1996 and 2001).
* Colorado last won a series in the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals against Minnesota. The No. 6-ranked Avalanche fell behind 2-1 after three straight overtime games. A 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage by Jose Theodore from Games 4-6 helped the Avalanche rally for three straight wins and a series victory. They subsequently were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.
* The Avalanche have contested a playoff series against four of the other seven Western Conference clubs headed to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including four each against the Sharks (2-2; last: 4-2 L in 2010 CQF) and Stars (2-2; last: 4-1 W in 2006 CQF). They also have one playoff series each against the Predators, losing 4-2 in the 2018 First Round, and Blues, winning 4-1 in the 2001 Conference Finals.
* If Colorado is the second Wild Card, it will mark the first time in NHL history that a team has entered the postseason in the final seed in its conference in consecutive seasons. The club has held the final playoff seed in its conference four times, advancing once. The Nordiques overcame a 2-0 series deficit against the Whalers to win the 1987 Division Semifinals (4-2 W) before pushing the defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens to Game 7 in the Division Finals. They lost in the first round the other times, in 1983 (3-1 L vs. BOS), 2010 (4-2 L vs. SJS) and 2018 (4-2 L vs. NSH).
* The Avalanche/Nordiques own a 37-29 record in 66 playoff overtime games, with their .561 winning percentage ranking sixth among franchises with at least 10 such contests. The top five: Islanders (.673), Lightning (.652), Hurricanes/Whaler (.618), Ducks (.615) and Senators (.579). Their 23 overtime wins on the road are fourth-most in playoff history and most by any non-Original Six team with at least 20 such wins (MTL: 40, BOS: 27, CHI: 24, COL/QUE: 23, NYR: 22, DET: 21, TOR: 20).
* Gabriel Landeskog (Stockholm, Sweden), who propelled the Avalanche into the playoffs with 1-2-3 in a must-win game to conclude the 2017-18 season, aims to become the second Swedish-born captain in NHL history to lead his team to a Stanley Cup. Nicklas Lidstrom (Vasteras, Sweden; 2008 Red Wings), Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia; 2011 Bruins) and Alex Ovechkin (Moscow, Russia; 2018 Capitals) are the only non-North American players to captain a Cup winner.
* Landeskog scored in four straight games in the 2018 First Round (totaling 4-3-7 in 6 GP) and has 7-4-11 in 13 career playoff games. His final goal of the 2018 postseason helped Colorado overcome a deficit in the final five minutes to win a playoff game in regulation for the first time in franchise history (the first such comeback by any NHL team since Chicago rallied to win the Cup in Game 6 of the 2013 Final).
* Nathan MacKinnon (5-11-16 in 13 GP; 1.23 P/GP) is one of six players in franchise history to average at least a point per game through 13 career playoff games, all with the Avalanche/Nordiques (also Peter Stastny, Peter Forsberg, Michel Goulet, Marian Stastny and Anton Stastny).
* Overall, only five players to skate at least 13 playoff games for the Avalanche/Nordiques averaged at least a point per game: P. Stastny (1.27 in 64 GP), MacKinnon (1.23 in 13 GP), Forsberg (1.14 in 140 GP), Joe Sakic (1.09 in 172 GP) and John Ogrodnick (1.00 in 13 GP).
* As an 18-year-old in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, MacKinnon tallied at least three points three times against the Wild. He started his postseason career with 0-3-3 in Game 1 to become the second-youngest player in NHL history (18 years, 228 days) to record three points in his playoff debut (behind Pierre Turgeon: 18 years, 222 days).
IN REVIEW: 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON
* The Avalanche started strong in 2018-19, ranking second place in the Central Division at the end of October. The club used a pair of double-digit point streaks to fend off a 3-10-3 start to the 2019 calendar year, posting an 11-game point streak from Nov. 11 - Dec. 2 (9-0-2) - the longest by the Avalanche in a dozen years - before posting an active 8-0-2 run from March 17 - April 4 to clinch a playoff spot.
* The Avalanche had three 30-goal scorers for the ninth time in franchise history and second since relocating to Colorado - Joe Sakic (51), Claude Lemieux (39), Valeri Kamensky (38) and Peter Forsberg (30) combined for the feat in 1995-96 before winning the Cup in the club's first year in Denver.
* Mikko Rantanen , who is in search of his first career playoff goal (0-4-4 in 6 GP), started the 2018-19 campaign with a nine-game point streak (alongside Nathan MacKinnon) and concluded October with 5-16-21 in 12 games.
* Rantanen and MacKinnon each also posted multiple points across six straight games from Nov. 18-28 to become the fifth set of teammates in the last 30 years to do so. In doing so, the Avalanche duo became the sixth set of teammates in the last 20 years to be the first two NHL players to hit 40 points.
* By Dec. 4, the trio of Rantanen, MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog combined for 120 points through the team's first 28 games of the season - just the second set of teammates in the past 23 years to do so following Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza with the 2005-06 Senators (52-79-131 in 28 GP).
* On Dec. 11, Rantanen became the fourth player in the past 22 years to post 50 or more points within his team's first 31 games of a season, following Jaromir Jagr (25-28-53 in 1999-00), Mario Lemieux (16-39-55 in 2002-03) and Evgeni Malkin (14-39-53 in 2008-09). He used his hot start to set career highs in goals, assists and points (31-56-87 in 74 GP).
* MacKinnon (40-58-98 in 81 GP) became the fifth Avalanche/Nordiques player to record 90 or more points in consecutive seasons en route to becoming the second-youngest player in franchise history to accumulate 400 careers points - hitting the mark at 23 years, 213 days on April 2, just shy of the mark set by franchise scoring leader Joe Sakic (23 years, 135 days on Nov. 19, 1992).
* Runner-up for the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy, MacKinnon became the fifth player in franchise history with multiple 40-goal seasons, joining Michel Goulet (7x), Sakic (5x), Peter Stastny (5x) and Milan Hejduk (2x).
* Tyson Barrie has tallied 14-45-59 thus far in 2018-19 (77 GP) to become the all-time franchise leader in goals, assists and points by an Avalanche/Nordiques defenseman (75-232-307 in 483 GP). His career-high 59-point campaign is tied with Ray Bourque in 2000-01 (7-52-59 in 80 GP) for the fifth-highest by a defenseman in franchise history, behind Steve Duchesne in 1992-93 (20-62-82 in 82 GP), Sandis Ozolinsh in 1996-97 (23-45-68 in 80 GP) and Jeff Brown in 1988-89 (21-47-68 in 78 GP).
* Philipp Grubauer , who won the Stanley Cup last year with Washington, has posted a 18-9-5 record in 37 games this season including a 7-0-2 record since March 17 to fuel Colorado's playoff push.