Avalanche claim Presidents' Trophy as top regular-season team
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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Thursday night to claim the Presidents' Trophy as the league's top regular-season team with 82 points.

As a result, Colorado supplanted the Vegas Golden Knights atop the West Division and will take on the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Both Colorado and Vegas finished the 56-game schedule equal in points, but the Avalanche earned the tiebreaker with five more regulation wins.

2021 NHL standings

Team GP Record Reg. wins P%
Avalanche 56 39-13-4 35 .732
Golden Knights 56 40-14-2 30 .727
Hurricanes 56 36-12-8 27 .714
Panthers 56 37-14-5 26 .705
Maple Leafs 55 35-13-7 29 .700

The Avalanche have now won the Presidents' Trophy three times in franchise history. They previously earned the honor in 1996-97 and then again in 2000-01, which they paired with a Stanley Cup.

The Presidents' Trophy winner hasn't won it all since the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks and hasn't advanced past the second round in each of the last five postseasons.

Avalanche claim Presidents' Trophy as top regular-season team
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