The National Hockey League announced its 2019-20 regular season schedule today, with the Colorado Avalanche set to open the campaign on Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center.
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The Avalanche's 2019-20 schedule is highlighted by the NHL Stadium Series outdoor game against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 15 at the United States Air Force Academy. This event will mark the second NHL outdoor game in the state of Colorado, as the Avalanche hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver on Feb. 27, 2016. It will be the first outdoor game in Air Force's history and the second to be held at a United States service academy. The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs played at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 3, 2018.
The Avs will begin their season at home for the 11th time in the last 14 years and for the 13th time in the last 17. Colorado will play its first four games of the 2019-20 campaign at Pepsi Center, marking the longest season-opening homestand in franchise history (previous was three games in both 1998-99 and 2015-16).
Following that four-game homestand, the team will depart for a season-long, six-game road trip from Oct. 14-25. The Avs, who are scheduled for a pair of five-game road swings as well (Nov. 12-21 and Feb. 1-9), will have three road trips of five or more games for just the second time in franchise history (1999-00).
Colorado will face Calgary on Opening Night for the first time since moving to Denver in 1995. Prior to the franchise relocating, the Quebec Nordiques and Flames met in the 1979-80 and 1980-81 season openers, both of which had historical significance. The 1979-80 opener was Quebec's inaugural NHL game against the then-Atlanta Flames, while the 1980-81 opener was the Flames' first-ever game in Calgary after moving from Georgia. This year's season opener will mark the first meeting between the two teams since the Avalanche defeated the Flames in five games during the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Colorado will play 26 games against its Central Division rivals (13 home/away). The Avs will face the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues five times this season, including three times at Pepsi Center. Colorado will also play the Minnesota Wild five times, while meeting Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Winnipeg four times apiece. The Central is the only NHL division to feature seven clubs instead of eight.
The Avs will play 24 games against Pacific Division teams, meeting each of the eight opponents three times (12 home/away). Colorado will have 32 total games against teams from the Eastern Conference, facing all 16 clubs twice (once at home/away).
The Avalanche is scheduled for six afternoon games, four at home. The Avs will host a matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the third straight year as they face off against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, Jan. 20. The Avs will play the Vegas Golden Knights in a Friday afternoon contest in Las Vegas on "Nevada Day" (Oct. 25) and will also play an afternoon contest at Chicago on the day-after-Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 29).
Colorado's busiest month is March, where the club will match a franchise record with 16 games. The Avs have played 16 games in a month only five times before: January 2004 and March 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2017. The Avs are scheduled for 15 dates in February, the team's busiest February ever. Colorado will play 14 games in both November and December, 12 in October, nine in January and two in April.
The club's longest homestand is five games, Jan. 10-20 and again from Feb. 11-19. The Avs will have the All-Star Break and their "bye week" from Jan. 21-30.
The Avs will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season, as they welcome the Winnipeg Jets to Pepsi Center on Dec. 31. The 2019-20 slate features two games on "Friday the 13th" - Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey and March 13 vs. Vancouver. The Avs will play on "leap day" (Feb. 29) for the first time since 1999-00.
Colorado's schedule features 17 "weekend" games at Pepsi Center, including five on Friday, 10 on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Avalanche will play a total of 12 back-to-back contests. The Avs will end the regular season by hosting the Blues on Saturday, April 4.
Tickets for the preseason and all 40 regular-season home games at Pepsi Center are on sale now. For Full Season and Avs Pack memberships, fans can contact 303.4AVS.NHL. Information regarding ticket pricing and availability for the NHL Stadium Series at Air Force will be announced at a later date. Avalanche 2019-20 full season and partial plan members will have access to presale opportunities for the Stadium Series. Fans who wish to be updated with ticket details as they become available can sign up at ColoradoAvalanche.com.
All 82 regular-season games and the six preseason contests can be heard on the Altitude Radio Network, Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM or 950 AM. The complete Altitude Sports & Entertainment television broadcast schedule will be announced at a later time.