Captain Gabriel Landeskog believes the Colorado Avalanche are good enough to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs without any additions prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. The Avalanche (31-22-4, 66 points) are two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference after a 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, and six points behind the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division. "I think for us, first and foremost, we're focused on winning hockey games," Landeskog said Friday. "The trade deadline is what it is. We're a team that's pushing to get in and we're just on the outside looking in right now and we're focused on winning games. I believe with the team we have, we're good enough to make the playoffs. We haven't been favored by too many people to make the playoffs, but as long as the guys in here believe, I think we can do it." Landeskog said he doesn't think general manager Joe Sakic will jeopardize that situation for anything short-term before the deadline (3 p.m. ET on Feb. 26). "This is the first time in a long time that this organization has had some really young exciting players in the lineup … there's a bunch of them in the lineup now and some coming up," Landeskog said. "The last draft, we got Cale Makar (No. 4 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft), a real exciting player, and I believe we're in a good spot moving forward, that we have a group that can do some damage moving forward. "I don't really expect anything to happen. I'm sure if it does, it'll be more minor. I think we're in a pretty good spot. We have two really good defensemen coming up, Makar and Conor Timmins (No. 32 pick in 2017). We'll see what happens, but I think we have a good enough team now to make the playoffs." In a three-team trade, Colorado sent center Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5. The Senators traded center Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators, and goalie Andrew Hammond, prospect center Shane Bowers, a first-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Avalanche. Colorado also acquired defenseman Samuel Girard and forward Ladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in 2018 from Nashville.
Landeskog says Avalanche good enough to make playoffs
NHL.com | Feb 17