Avalanche Passes Wild for eighth

The Wild and Avalanche are battling for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Colorado won 3-1 late Wednesday at Vancouver to move one point ahead of the Wild (76 vs. 75). Minnesota has 12 games remaining, while the Avalanche has 11 to play.

Wednesday: Colorado 3, Vancouver 1

Tonight: Wild at New Jersey

Friday: Colorado at Calgary

Saturday: Carolina at Wild

Sunday: Wild at Chicago; Colorado at Edmonton

Tuesday: Los Angeles at Wild

March 24: Calgary at Wild; Philadelphia at Colorado

March 26: Wild at Colorado

March 28: Colorado at Nashville

March 29: Chicago at Wild; Colorado at St. Louis

March 31: Ottawa at Wild

April 1: Wild at Detroit; Washington at Colorado

April 3: Wild at Winnipeg

April 5: San Jose at Wild; Colorado at Nashville

April 7: Colorado at Dallas

April 9: Calgary at Wild; Anaheim at Colorado