The National Hockey League announced the start times for its 2021-22 regular season schedule today, with the Colorado Avalanche set to open the campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 13 against the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. MT at Ball Arena.
Colorado will return to the Central Division in 2021-22 after competing in the West Division for the shortened 2020-21 campaign. With the expansion Seattle Kraken beginning play this year and joining the Pacific Division, the Central will now have eight teams with the addition of the Arizona Coyotes.
The Avs are scheduled for three day games (local start time before 5 p.m.), all of which are at home. They will host a matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the fourth time in the past five years as they face off against the Minnesota Wild on Monday, Jan. 17.
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The Avalanche will play 26 games against its division foes, meeting Arizona, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg four times each (two home/away) and Dallas (one home/two away) and St. Louis (two home/one away) three times apiece. Colorado will play 24 games versus the Pacific Division (three times against each opponent) and 32 against teams from the Eastern Conference (one home/away).
Colorado will face Chicago on Opening Night for the third time since relocating to Denver (also 2003-04 and 2010-11). The Avs will begin their season at home for the fourth straight year and sixth time in the last seven campaigns.
The Avalanche's longest homestand is four contests from April 13-18 while its longest road trip is five games from Dec. 1-8. Colorado will play 11 back-to-back sets.
The 2021-22 schedule includes a break in February for the NHL All-Star Game and 2022 Winter Olympics (note: no final agreement or decision has been made regarding Olympic participation).
The Avs will have their busiest December ever (16 games) and will match their busiest January (16 games, 2003-04) and April (14 contests, 2012-13). The squad will end the regular season on April 29 in Minnesota.
Single-game tickets for the preseason and regular season go on sale this Saturday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m. Full Season Memberships and Partial Deposits are on sale now 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 time.