The Colorado Avalanche is on the brink of making the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the team plays its final home game of the regular season on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.
Colorado currently owns a four-point advantage over the Arizona Coyotes for the second and final wild-card spot from the Western Conference, and both clubs have two games remaining in the 2018-19 campaign. Arizona plays an 8 p.m. MDT game on Thursday at the Vegas Golden Knights.
There are two scenarios for the Avalanche to clinch a postseason berth on Thursday:
- Earning at least one point in its game against the Jets
- Coyotes lose in any fashion versus the Golden Knights
The Avs are looking to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the franchise made it in 11 straight played-campaigns from 1994-95 to 2005-06. The team took on the Nashville Predators in the first round of the postseason last year.
Colorado's matchup against Winnipeg is the fifth and final meeting of the season series, which is presently tied at 2-2-0. The Avs have won the past two contests against the Jets, including by a 7-1 margin on Feb. 20 in Denver.
Winnipeg is tied with the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division with 96 points, but the club presently owns the top spot due to holding the tiebreaker. The St. Louis Blues are one point behind the Jets and Preds.
Thursday's Avalanche game is also Fan Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center, with the evening concluding with annual Jersey Off Our Backs ceremony. A limited number of tickets are still available.