If the Avs played in October like they played last night, we'd be talking about whether or not we'd prefer the fifth seed or the sixth seed in the playoffs.
Instead, it's the harsh reality to admit that the Avs are in a race for the #1 or #2 pick in the 2009 draft.
With a big (or small) two points last night, this is how the Tavares/Hedman standings currently stand:
3. Colorado - 66 P, 4 GR, 32 W
2. Tampa Bay - 66 P, 3 GR, 24 W
1. New York Islanders - 61 P, 4 GR, 26 W
Wins are the first tiebreaker, so if Colorado and Tampa finish the season with the same amount of points, Tampa Bay has a better chance in the draft lottery.
Though it is unlikely the Avs will be able to catch the Islanders (the Isles play their last first games against playoff teams), finishing 29th overall compared to 28th overall will be huge come June.
It sucks rooting for your favorite team not to perform.
We'll worry about that after Victor Hedman is the newest Avalanche defenseman.