As a result of the Calgary Flames' 2-1 loss at the hands of San Jose and Colorado's 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver, the Avalanche have clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Flames are eliminated from contention.
Calgary could still catch Colorado in points by the end of the year, but regardless of whatever happens, the Avalanche will have more wins when all is said and done, meaning any potential tiebreaker would go to Colorado.
All that's left out West is a race for seeding at this point. Los Angeles jumped into sixth place with a victory tonight over Anaheim, pushing Detroit down to seventh.