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A year ago Leonard Fournette Jersey Black , a game with as much meaning as the one Saturday night at Pepsi Center would have seemed improbable.

After how the 2016-17 campaign went for the Avalanche, fighting for a postseason berth seemed years away, not a year away

But the improbable has become reality has become in essence a Game 7 to make the playoffs for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche (42-30-9) can erase the taste of a 48-point season with a win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

The game will decide who earns the second wild card in the Western Conference and a first-round date with the President Trophy winners, the Nashville Predators.

“It will be fun,” Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said after Thursday’s 4-2 loss in San Jose. “I’m not surprised it comes down to Game 82 this year. Pepsi Center will be buzzing and so will we.”

Colorado had a chance to clinch the playoffs on its three-game swing through California but went 0-2-1. The Avalanche blew a two-goal, third-period lead in Anaheim on Sunday and lost in overtime, and then couldn’t keep up with Los Angeles or San Jose in the next two games.

The Blues also could have made Saturday’s game a warmup for the postseason. They surged back into the playoff picture by winning eight of nine at the end of March but followed that with a four-game losing streak that knocked them down in the standings

The last loss was a soul-crushing one Wednesday against Chicago. St. Louis led 3-1 at home at one point but the Blackhawks, playing out the string, tied it in the third and won it with a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left in regulation.

If the Blues had hung on for those 8.5 seconds and get to overtime, they would have earned at least a point. They avenged that loss with a 4-1 win in Chicago on Friday night.

It was the first time in 15 games goaltender Jake Allen didn’t start, giving way to backup Carter Hutton. He made 19 saves for the Blues (44-31-6) Womens Joey Bosa Jersey , who jumped over Colorado into the second wild card with 94 points and set up Saturday’s showdown.

St. Louis has a slight advantage over the Avalanche heading into the season finale. The Blues only need to avoid a loss in regulation to hold onto the second wild card. If the two teams end up with the same amount of points St. Louis holds the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series.

A Colorado win in regulation will give it 95 points and the playoff date with Nashville.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo’s gamble of playing Hutton in Friday’s game paid off. He wanted to rest Allen and have him at his best, so he sent the No. 1 goaltender ahead to Denver early Friday so he wouldn’t get in late like the rest of the team.

“As far as Jake goes, I think this is a much-needed break for him,” Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s been an awful long time since he’s had two days between a game. He’s played an awful lot of hockey and so it gives him a chance to really collect some much-needed rest and get ready for (Saturday).”

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson gave his friends and family plenty to cheer about Saturday, even if he didn’t give them tickets.

The South Florida native led touchdown possessions of 84, 62 and 73 yards against mostly deep reserves as Baltimore rallied past the Miami Dolphins 27-10.

“This isn’t college where I get free tickets,” Jackson said, “so everyone who came here tonight paid for their own tickets. My mom watched from home on TV.”

Jackson entered the game at the start of the second half and had his best performance yet for the Ravens. He went 7 for 10 for 98 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 39 yards on three carries, including a 19-yard scoring run.

“My decision-making is getting better Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey ,” Jackson said. “I’m working my way up. I feel like I’m doing pretty good, but there’s still room for improvement.”

Coach John Harbaugh was encouraged to see signs of progress from Jackson.

“Today was kind of his breaking-out in the game,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve seen it in practice where he’s done some really good things. We hadn’t really seen it in the game yet. He handled himself well.”

Kenyan Drake sparked one scoring drive with a 30-yard run and another with a 36-yard reception for the Dolphins, whose starters reached the end zone for the first time this preseason.

Ryan Tannehill fumbled twice early, and the Dolphins drew boos from the small crowd when they went three-and-out on the first series. But the offense began to click in the second quarter against a mix of Ravens starters and reserves, and Tannehill finished 11 of 16 for 115 yards.

Danny Amendola made a nifty cutback to juke past two defensive backs and score on a 16-yard pass from Tannehill. It was the first touchdown by Miami’s starters during the preseason in 10 possessions.

On the next series, Tannehill hit Drake deep for a big gain to set up a field goal, and the Dolphins led 10-3 at halftime before both teams emptied their benches.

Tannehill said the offense is on track for the start of the season.

“It was good to finally get the ball in the end zone,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction.”

While starters for Miami saw their most extensive action this month, among those not playing for the Ravens were quarterback Joe Flacco, their top three wide receivers Womens Dak Prescott Jersey , three offensive linemen, safety Eric Weddle, and linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley.

Robert Griffin III, battling to make the Ravens’ roster, played the first half. He went 9 for 15 for 66 yards and carried five times for 41 yards while playing with a mix of starters and reserves.

BACKUP BATTLE

Brock Osweiler and David Fales, battling for the Dolphins’ backup QB job, both struggled and threw an interception.

“There’s room for improvement for sure,” coach Adam Gase said. “But it’s hard to put it all on them when you get the ball and you’re not expecting it, or we’re not blocking guys. That’s why it’s hard to evaluate quarterbacks at times in preseason games.”

OUT OF POSITION

Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso made a third-down tackle, flipped over, became disoriented and went to the wrong bench. When Harbaugh gestured him to the other sideline Womens Terrell Suggs Jersey , Alonso trotted across the field and reached the Dolphins bench wearing a sheepish grin. He said he was unhurt.

KICKING

The Ravens’ Justin Tucker was wide left on a 51-yard field goal try and had another 51-yarder blocked. The most accurate kicker in NFL history is 0 for 4 beyond 50 yards during the exhibition season.

DEDICATION

The Ravens dedicated the win to the family of receivers coach Bobby Engram following the death Saturday of his 20-year-old daughter, Bobbi.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Robert Quinn and Dolphins WRs Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson again protested social injustice during the anthem. Quinn raised his right fist, and Stills and Wilson kneeled in front of their bench.

INJURIES

Ravens: TE Hayden Hurst, the team’s top draft pick, will undergo surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, and he’s expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. He missed the game. … Starting DT Willie Henry had hernia surgery and will be sidelined several weeks. … Rookie S DeShon Elliott broke his left forearm, and the injury could be season-ending. … Rookie OL Greg Senat left the game with a foot injury.

Dolphins: WR Jakeem Grant suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chuck Clark, who drew a penalty.

UP NEXT

Ravens: Baltimore plays its final exhibition game Thursday at home against Washington.

Dolphins: Miami plays its exhibition finale Thursday at Atlanta.

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