The race for eighth

Colorado and the Wild are battling for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. The Avalanche leads by one point.

Category Avs Wild

Games remaining 9 9

Games vs. teams in playoff spot 7 5

Home games 5 6

Road games 4 3

Colorado schedule: home vs. Philadelphia, Wild, Washington, St. Louis, Anaheim. At Nashville twice, St. Louis, Dallas.

Wild schedule: home vs. Los Angeles, Calgary, Chicago, Ottawa, San Jose, Calgary. At Colorado, Detroit, Winnipeg.