The Colorado Avalanche head out to the Left Coast for two games that could have a bearing on where the Avs end up in the Western Conference playoff race.
As of March 19th the Avs had 86 points and were in fifth place in the West, one point ahead of the LA Kings. The road trip has the Avs playing Anaheim Sunday and then a rare home-and-home with LA, Monday at the Staples Center and Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. If either the KIngs or the Avalanche can sweep both games, it would be a big boost in locking in the fifth spot.
The Avs and Kings play three times in the final month of the season, twice this week and the last game of the season, April 11th in Denver. The Kings won the one game played this season, 3-0 in LA on February 13th.
-The Avalanche signed forward Mike Carman to an entry level contract and assigned him to their farm team at Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Carman was the 81st selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He recently finished his senior season at the University of Minnesota, where he scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 39 games.
For his collegiate career, Carman scord 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points in 135 games.
Carman will be reunited with former Gopher teammate Ryan Stoa, who was returned to Lake Erie by the Avs this week.