Colorado Avalanche Clinch 2023 Playoff Berth

The Colorado Avalanche were clearly the best team in the entire NHL in 2021/22, en route to their third Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history, and in 2022/23, it's been much different, as they've had to struggle to find themselves, but now they have officially claimed their place in the playoffs.

When healthy, they have proven to be one of the best teams in the league once again, and with a potential matchup looming against the Dallas Stars or Minnesota Wild, they can once again be considered a contender to come out of the Western Conference.

On the year, the Avalanche have seen incredible individual performances from Nathan McKinnon, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen, and if they can gel when the playoffs start again, which team in the West can stop them? 

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