The Colorado Avalanche have the same number of points as the San Jose Sharks, but they might be the more desperate team heading into a matchup at HP Pavilion.
The Avalanche have fewer games left than the other contenders for the Western Conference's final playoff berth and could use a rare road win over the Sharks on Monday night.
Colorado is currently tied with San Jose and Los Angeles for eighth place in the West but has played 77 games, two more than the Sharks and Kings. The Avalanche are also facing a three-game road trip that includes visits to Northwest Division champ Vancouver and fellow contender Calgary.
Colorado (40-31-6) heads into that trip having lost consecutive games following a 7-1-1 stretch. It blew a two-goal lead during a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Canucks on Saturday.
"We have to get over it, move on and get ready for this road trip," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "We know that other teams have a couple of games in hand on us. ... We can't control if we make th...