The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings are sputtering in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Avalanche have made the first move to begin trying to change that, and another meeting with the Kings may prove beneficial.
With Steve Downie expected to make his team debut, the Avalanche look to complete their first season sweep of Los Angeles in 19 years Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.
Colorado (29-27-4) is 11th in the West, four points back of the Kings (27-21-12) for the eighth and final postseason position. Both clubs, however, are enduring rough stretches to improve their respective positions.
The Avalanche are 3-6-2 since a 3-1 victory at Los Angeles on Jan. 21.
The Kings followed that meeting with a pair of victories, but then went on to drop seven of the next nine (2-5-2) after blowing a three-goal, first-period lead to fall 5-4 in a shootout at Phoenix on Tuesday.
Colorado, though, feels it's made a move to improve its postseason chances, acquiring Downie fro...