The win gives Los Angeles 92 points on the season and a two-point hold on fifth place in the Western Conference over Nashville, which plays Dallas later on Saturday.
Also, the Kings are one point behind Phoenix for fourth place and three points back of San Jose for the Pacific Division lead and third place in the conference. The Coyotes and Sharks play in Phoenix on Saturday.
Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus each scored a goal for the Kings, who have won three straight. Jonathan Quick made 20 stops in the win.
Milan Hejduk scored the lone goal while Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Avalanche, who have dropped two straight after winning their previous two.
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