Nearly four months since the end of the last season for the Colorado Avalanche, we now know when they will next take the ice against another NHL team. On September 22 the Avalanche will open their seven game preseason at home against the Anaheim Ducks. That game will be the day after the Burgundy/White game, Colorado's annual intra-squad scrimmage.
As usual, Colorado's preseason schedule this year will have them playing against several opponents twice. After the opening game against the Ducks, the other six games will be three home-and-home sets starting with the Montreal Canadiens, then the Calgary Flames, and concluding with the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The regular season opener on October 9 in Minnesota will be five days after Colorado's last preseason game.
As with many sports, there is tempered excitement for the preseason. On one hand, the games are mere exhibition contests the results of which don't really matter. But on the other hand, it's the first time since spring that we will see the sport back in action. One could think of the preseason as an appetizer for the regular season. The exhibition games hold you over while you wait out the final days before the regular season and they get you back into a hockey watching groove.
As of today, it is 33 days until the preseason opener, and 50 days until the regular season opener. If you define the offseason as the period in between a team's last game, whether that was regular season or playoffs, and their first preseason game, this Avalanche offseason is more than 3/4 over. After having been without Avalanche hockey for 112 days, another 33 doesn't seem so bad.
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