The Colorado Avalanche are in a perilous spot right now

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Gabriel Landeskog (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

You would think that heading into the All-Star break in a playoff position would be enviable, but let’s look at precisely where the Colorado Avalanche are right now: smack in the middle of the most dangerous division in the league, the Central. Nashville is one point back with two games in hand, while Minnesota is two points back with three games in hand.

So how does GM Joe Sakic approach the trade deadline, which is basically a month away?

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The NHL standings are very close. The league has rarely seen the kind of parity being displayed so far this season. More than halfway through the season you can count on one hand the number of teams that are already out of playoff contention.

While teams like the Capitals and Kings start to run away with their divisions, there are a number of teams stuck right in the middle, right on the crowded playoff bubble.

As the all-star break approaches, here are our picks for playoff bubble teams that will be in or out of the playoffs come April.

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Blues’ Jake Allen misses charging poke check, Avalanche score easy overtime-winner

Jared Clinton
Jake Allen (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

In half a season, we’ve learned that taking risks and keeping the puck alive is a big part of 3-on-3 hockey. As such, it’s hard to fault St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen for his gaffe Wednesday night that led to the Colorado Avalanche picking up an overtime victory. After all, Allen was just trying to turn an Avalanche chance into an opportunity the other way for his Blues.

With less than 30 seconds remaining in the extra frame, Colorado defenseman Francois Beauchemin floated a backhand pass into the St. Louis zone that Avalanche center John Mitchell sped towards. As Mitchell began to pull in front of Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Allen made a split-second decision to charge at the puck and attempt a sprawling poke check. It didn’t end how Allen had hoped: Read more

Still crazy after all these years – Iginla and Doan were cream of the ’95 draft

Shane Doan (left) and Jarome Iginla (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

With Jarome Iginla scoring his 600th goal last night and Shane Doan on something of an offensive tear of late, we thought it would be interesting to reconfigure the 1995 draft, the one in which Iginla was taken 11th overall and Doan seventh.

Here’s how we’d do it all over again knowing what we know today. Hint: The top two picks would have been teammates with the Kamloops Blazers.

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Watch Jarome Iginla score his 600th career goal

Jared Clinton
Jarome Iginla (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jarome Iginla joined an exclusive club Monday night and, if there was still any doubt, punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame by becoming the 19th player in NHL history to score 600 career goals.

Iginla, 38, had been sitting at 599 career goals since Dec. 27 and three games had passed without him finding the back of the net for the elusive 600th career tally. Monday night his fortunes changed, though, as Iginla netted goal No. 600 thanks to a friendly bounce off the skate of Los Angeles Kings defender Jake Muzzin: Read more

Finland jumps Sweden as captain Mikko Rantanen heats up

Mikko Rantanen (left) celebrates (photo by Sarah Fuqua)

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Swedish defenseman William Lagesson let out a primal scream, then loudly muttered to himself as he stalked off the ice. The rugged Edmonton Oilers prospect had, after all, managed to shut down Finnish super-teen Jesse Puljujarvi; something unheard of in this edition of the world juniors. But while Puljujarvi’s deadly line with Carolina pick Sebastian Aho and another 2016 draft phenom, Patrik Laine, was held off the scoresheet, Finland had a Plan B.

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Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

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Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

Here are your top 10 trades of 2015: Read more

Avalanche goaltender Berra undergoes MRI after injuring ankle while playing soccer

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Reto Berra (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

You may be able to add Colorado Avalanche netminder Reto Berra to the list of goaltenders who have gone down with bizarre injuries in the past several seasons.

Berra, 28, didn’t get the call against the Maple Leafs Monday night but it turns out he would have been laboring had he been forced between the pipes, which is the main reason Avalanche coach Patrick Roy didn’t pull starting netminder Semyon Varlamov in Colorado’s 7-4 loss.

According to the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers, Roy said Varlamov “looked tired” and said he wanted to take him out but wasn’t able to because Berra had suffered an ankle injury while playing soccer in the hallway before the game began. Read more