The Colorado Avalanche are entering a new era, one without former head coach Patrick Roy at the helm. New hire, Jared Bednar comes to the Avs from Columbus’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. He guided the Monsters to the Calder Cup, which is given to the championship team, in 2015. While Roy was a sentimental favorite among fans, people should be excited about the future of the franchise.
Their 2016-2017 regular season will begin with an October 15th matchup against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center. This game will be the sixth time these two teams have met on Opening Night in the 21 seasons since the Avalanche moved to Denver, by far their most common opponent. Colorado also played the Stars to open the 1997-98, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, and 2007-08 seasons.
Colorado’s schedule consists of a total of 30 games versus division rivals, facing each opponent five times. 20 of the 2016-2017 games come against the Pacific Division, with each team playing three times with the exception of San Jose, who face the Avs only twice. As far as the Eastern Conference goes, Colorado will play all 16 teams twice, once at home at once away.
After a record of 39-39-4 last season, this year’s team is looking to get back to the postseason and certainly have the talent to do so. With a bevy of young stars and some quality veterans on their roster, perhaps a new coach can invigorate the team to skate better and play themselves back into the mix in the Central Division. Fans should be sure to secure their Colorado Avalanche kickoff tickets along with Colorado Avalanche tickets for the rest of the season soon, because you don’t want to miss out on any of the exciting, on ice action!