With the win, Colorado passes Tampa Bay for 28th place. Both teams have 66 points, but the Avs have played 1 fewer game. Colorado also has more wins.
The Isles have 61 points, meaning that they can split their final 4 games and still be guaranteed the top seed. They can go 2-1-1 and be guaranteed the top seed if Tampa gains one more point.
All three teams with a chance at Tavares are idle Monday.
All three play Tuesday:
Isles - @ Carolina
Tampa - Pittsburgh
Colorado- @ San Jose
If the Islanders lose in regulation AND Tampa wins AND Colorado wins/loses shootout or OT, the Isles would be guaranteed 30th place as early as Tuesday.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.