A 3-0 finish will net Avalanche the West Division title and Presidents’ Trophy

Monday night’s West Division showdown in Las Vegas between the Golden Knights and Avalanche is the NHL’s biggest game in the final week before the playoffs.

If the division-leading Knights win at T-Mobile Arena, they win the West and clinch the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record and will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Avs win in regulation, then sweep the Los Angeles Kings in the final two games at Ball Arena, they win the West and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Colorado has an NHL-best 32 regulation wins — the first tiebreaker — and Vegas (29, two remaining games), and the Central Division’s Carolina Hurricanes (27, one remaining game) cannot match that.

“First meeting we had at the beginning of the year, it was, ‘We’re gunning for first.’ That’s our goal, that’s what we expect,” Avs defenseman Devon Toews said after Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Los Angeles to cap a two-game sweep over the Kings at Staples Center. “We have three games left, we have a chance to do it. It started with these two games in L.A. here, putting ourselves in the position to be able to do that.

“We got to (think) one game at a time but now we got the big one. We’re ready for it, we’re prepared, and it should be a fun one.”

Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon missed the Avs’ two 3-2 victories at L.A. and is listed as questionable for Monday’s game. MacKinnon’s lower-body injury is considered minor and the club wants him at 100% to begin the playoffs.

“Our job doesn’t change. It makes it more difficult without Nate in the lineup, obviously,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “But we’ve been working all year to try and get first place. We’re not going to give up on it with three games to go regardless of who’s in the lineup.”