The National Hockey League today announced the start times for their regular 2021-22 season schedule, with the Colorado Avalanche opening the campaign against the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. MT on Wednesday, October 13 at the Ball Arena.
Colorado will return to the Central Division in 2021-22 after starting in the West Division for the shortened 2020-21 season. With the Seattle Kraken expansion beginning this year and joining the Pacific Division, the Central will now have eight teams with the Arizona Coyotes.
The Avs are scheduled for three match days (local start time before 5 p.m.), all of which are at home. They’ll be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee for the fourth time in five years when they face the Minnesota Wild on Monday, January 17th.
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The Avalanche will play 26 games against their division opponents and meet four times each against Arizona, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg (two home / away games) as well as Dallas (one home game / two away games) and St. Louis (two home games / one away game ). three times each. Colorado plays 24 games against the Pacific Division (three times against each opponent) and 32 games against teams from the Eastern Conference (one home / away game).
Colorado will meet Chicago on Opening Night for the third time since moving to Denver (also 2003-04 and 2010-11). The Avs are starting their season at home for the fourth year in a row and for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
The Avalanche’s longest homestand consists of four competitions from April 13th to 18th, while the longest road trip includes five games from December 1st to 8th. Colorado will play 11 sets in a row.
The 2021-22 schedule includes a February hiatus for the NHL All-Star Game and the 2022 Winter Olympics (note: no final agreement or decision has been made to participate in the Olympics).
The Avs will have their busiest December ever (16 games) and their busiest January (16 games, 2003-04) and April (14 competitions, 2012-13). The roster will end the regular season on April 29 in Minnesota.
The sale of single game tickets for the preseason and regular season begins on Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 AM Full season memberships and partial deposits are available immediately by calling the Avalanche Sales Office at 303.4AVS.NHL.
All 82 games can be heard on the Altitude Radio Network, Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM or 950 AM. Altitude TV information will be announced at a later date.