DENVER - Practice had a different feel for the Colorado Avalanche at Family Sports Center in Centennial.
"It's not as fun for sure," forward Jarome Iginla said.
Avs don't have much to play for after officially being eliminated from playoff contention this weekend.
"It's disappointing for all of us to miss the playoffs," Iginla said. "The ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup, but first of all, you have to make the playoffs and have that chance to play."
They have three more games all of which are at home. Then the off-season, which is coming much faster than expected begins.
"This is certainly not the situation we were looking forward to at the start of the year. But you have to be professional. There are going to be fans in the stands that want to see a good product," forward Alex Tanguay said.
If the Avs win all three games, then they will finish the year with 90 points. That's if they win all three, and 90 points would be quite a change from the division winning 112 points just a season ago.
"We're going to go all the way and we're going to play hard," captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "Three games in front of the home fans and we want to finish on a good note."
"We want to show our fans that we have a lot of pride and we're not happy about where we are as a team," said head coach Patrick Roy.
Roy had a long list of reasons why the season went poorly: a slow start, injuries, the power play and game management to name a few. That all adds up to a bad year for the Avs and that's why they won't be playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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