The Colorado Avalanche is defending its home ice as well as it ever has.
Colorado improved to 5-0 at home with a victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, marking the first time in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) that the team has won its first five home games. The Avalanche, who hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, will have a shot to match the franchise record for consecutive home wins to start a season set in 1994-95.
“Things are seeming to click here,” said Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski. “Fans are behind us the whole time and that’s always great. They are cheering when there are hits or when we’re killing a penalty. Those little things that count. Right now we’re just trying to keep stringing some wins together.”
The 1994-95 Nordiques started that year 6-0 at Le Colisee on their way to an amazing 19-1-4 home record during the lockout-shortened season.
A good home record was one of the keys to the early season, according to head coach Joel Quenneville.
“We talked about the importance of getting off to a good start, especially at home,” the Avs’ coach said. “So far we’ve been able to play some good games at home and hopefully we can continue that success heading into November.”
As of Monday, only Colorado, Minnesota (4-0) and Philadelphia (4-0) remained perfect at home. The Avs are outscoring the opposition 23-11 in Denver.It’s Been A While
The Penguins will be making their first trip to Denver since March 1, 2003. Colorado did not face Pittsburgh last year and played at Mellon Arena during both the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. Tickets Still Remain
A limited number of tickets are still available for Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Click here to buy tickets.Familiar Faces
The Avalanche is taking a “divisional break” this week to face the Penguins. The Pittsburgh game is sandwiched between what would have been nine consecutive games within the Northwest Division. After Thursday, Colorado will play five straight and 10 of its next 11 against divisional foes. In fact, when all is said and done, the Avs will have played 15-of-18 games against division opponents from Oct. 16-Nov. 28. Colorado is 4-1 against Northwest teams this year.