DENVER (CBS4) – It’s been a tough season for the Colorado Avalanche, but they aren’t out of it yet.

If the squad is able to make a successful playoff push these are the likely players whose nicknames you’ll be using frequently in water cooler conversations.

“Dutchy” – Matt Duchene

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

“Varly” – Semyon Varlamov

Goalie Semyon Varlamov (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Goalie Semyon Varlamov (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Landy” – Gabriel Landeskog

Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center on Jan. 21, 2015. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center on Jan. 21, 2015. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Factor” – Ryan O’Reilly

Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center on Jan. 21, 2015.  (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center on Jan. 21, 2015. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Condor” – Erik Johnson
This is a new nickname for this season, after an announcer compared Johnson’s on-ice play to a condor. In an video posted on Altitude.tv a Denver Zoo Andean condor specialist discusses the nickname’s relevance.

https://twitter.com/StuartCobb/status/553427882366623744

“Mac” – Cody McLeod

Tanner Glass of the Rangers and Cody McLeod of the Avalanche fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13, 2014. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tanner Glass of the Rangers and Cody McLeod of the Avalanche fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13, 2014. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

“Iggy” – Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla of the Avalanche warms up at Pepsi Center on Nov. 6, 2014 (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jarome Iginla of the Avalanche warms up at Pepsi Center on Nov. 6, 2014 (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Tangs” – Alex Tanguay

Alex Tanguay of the Avalanche skates against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on Sept. 18, 2013. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Alex Tanguay of the Avalanche skates against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on Sept. 18, 2013. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Saint Patrick” – Coach Patrick Roy

Head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“Super Joe” – General Manager Joe Sakic (also goes by “The Captain”)

Joe Sakic (credit: CBS)

Joe Sakic (credit: CBS)

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