Jun 23, 2011 4:31 PM by Lee Douglas/Colorado Avalanche
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club today released its schedule for the 2011-12 National Hockey League regular season. The Avalanche will open its 16th season in Denver by hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pepsi Center.
Colorado will play a total of 18 home "weekend" games, which includes five on Friday, nine on Saturday and four on Sunday. The Avalanche's home schedule is highlighted by a visit from Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, March 3 and from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Avs will wrap up the season by hosting the Nashville Predators on Saturday, April 7.
The Avs will have an eight-game homestand from Nov. 18 to Dec. 4, the longest continuous homestand in Avalanche history (note: Colorado had an eight-game homestand surrounding the All-Star Break in 2008-09 and a nine-game stay wrapped around the Olympic Break in 2001-02). Following the season opener, the Avalanche will start a season-long five-game road trip in Boston against the Stanley Cup Champion Bruins on Oct. 10.
The Avalanche will face every Eastern Conference team for the fourth straight year, playing a total of 18 games against the East (nine at home, nine away). Colorado will take on New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg twice each (home and away), while meeting the other 12 Eastern opponents once. The Avs' Eastern Conference home slate also features an appearance from the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 19.
Colorado will play 64 games within its own conference, facing its division rivals six times each (three home, three away) and the other Western Conference teams four times apiece (twice at home).
The Avalanche will play a total of 10 back-to-back games this season after having 15 in 2010-11 and a team-record 16 in 2009-10. The Avs are scheduled for three home afternoon contests, Nov. 26 vs. Edmonton, Feb. 4 vs. Vancouver and March 10 vs. Edmonton. The Avalanche's busiest month is March (16 games total), while their busiest home month is November (10-of-14 at Pepsi Center).
The Avalanche will have a six-day break in the schedule from Jan. 25-30 for the NHL All-Star Break.
In addition to its regular season schedule, the Avalanche also announced today its preseason schedule for 2011-12. Colorado will play a total of six exhibition games, meeting Dallas, Los Angeles and St. Louis twice each. Colorado's preseason home dates are Friday, Sept. 23 vs. St. Louis, Sunday, Sept. 25 vs. Dallas and Wednesday, Sept. 28 vs. Los Angeles. The Avs will conclude the exhibition slate with the annual Frozen Fury matchup against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The complete broadcast schedule, including Altitude Sports & Entertainment telecasts, and information regarding the on-sale dates for preseason and regular season tickets will be released in the near future.
2011-12 AVALANCHE PRESEASON SCHEDULE
All Times Mountain,
Dates and Times Subject To Change
Thu Sept. 22 at Dallas 6:30 p.m.
Fri Sept. 23 St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
Sun Sept. 25 Dallas 6:00 p.m.
Wed Sept. 28 Los Angeles 7:00 p.m.
Thu Sept. 29 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 1 Los Angeles 7:00 p.m.
(in Las Vegas)
2011-12 Colorado Avalanche Regular Season Schedule
All Times Mountain - Dates and Times Subject to Change
Sat Oct. 8 Detroit 7:00 p.m.
Mon Oct. 10 at Boston 11:00 a.m.
Wed Oct. 12 at Columbus 5:00 p.m.
Thu Oct. 13 at Ottawa 5:30 p.m.
Sat Oct. 15 at Montreal 5:00 p.m.
Mon Oct. 17 at Toronto 5:00 p.m.
Thu Oct. 20 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Sat Oct. 22 at Chicago 6:30 p.m.
Wed Oct. 26 at Calgary 7:00 p.m.
Fri Oct. 28 Edmonton 7:00 p.m.
Sun Oct. 30 Los Angeles 6:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 2 Phoenix 7:30 p.m.
Fri Nov. 4 at Dallas 6:30 p.m.
Sun Nov. 6 Calgary 6:00 p.m.
Tue Nov. 8 at Detroit 5:30 p.m.
Thu Nov. 10 NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
Sat Nov. 12 Calgary 8:00 p.m.
Tue Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh 5:00 p.m.
Thu Nov. 17 at Minnesota 6:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 18 Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Sun Nov. 20 San Jose 6:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 23 Vancouver 7:00 p.m.
Sat Nov. 26 Edmonton 1:00 p.m.
Mon Nov. 28 Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Wed Nov. 30 New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Fri Dec. 2 St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
Sun Dec. 4 Detroit 6:00 p.m.
Tue Dec. 6 at Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Thu Dec. 8 at Calgary 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec. 9 at Edmonton 7:30 p.m.
Tue Dec. 13 San Jose 7:00 p.m.
Thu Dec. 15 at San Jose 8:30 p.m.
Sat Dec. 17 Washington 7:00 p.m.
Mon Dec. 19 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Wed Dec. 21 St. Louis 7:30 p.m.
Fri Dec. 23 Tampa Bay 7:00 p.m.
Mon Dec. 26 at Minnesota 4:00 p.m.
Tue Dec. 27 Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
Thu Dec. 29 Phoenix 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec. 31 at Anaheim 6:00 p.m.
Mon Jan. 2 at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Fri Jan. 6 at Chicago 6:30 p.m.
Sat Jan. 7 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Tue Jan. 10 Nashville 7:00 p.m.
Thu Jan. 12 at Nashville 6:00 p.m.
Sat Jan. 14 at Dallas 1:00 p.m.
Mon Jan. 16 at Phoenix 2:00 p.m.
Wed Jan. 18 Florida 7:30 p.m.
Sat Jan. 21 at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m.
Sun Jan. 22 at Anaheim 6:00 p.m.
Tue Jan. 24 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Tue Jan. 31 at Edmonton 7:30 p.m.
Thu Feb. 2 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Sat Feb. 4 Vancouver 1:00 p.m.
Tue Feb. 7 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb. 10 Carolina 7:00 p.m.
Sat Feb. 11 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Wed Feb. 15 at Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Fri Feb. 17 at Edmonton 7:30 p.m.
Sun Feb. 19 at Winnipeg 6:30 p.m.
Wed Feb. 22 Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
Fri Feb. 24 at Columbus 5:00 p.m.
Sat Feb. 25 at Detroit 5:00 p.m.
Mon Feb. 27 Anaheim 7:00 p.m.
Thu Mar. 1 Columbus 7:00 p.m.
Sat Mar. 3 Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
Sun Mar. 4 at Minnesota 5:00 p.m.
Tue Mar. 6 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Thu Mar. 8 at Nashville 6:00 p.m.
Sat Mar. 10 Edmonton 1:00 p.m.
Mon Mar. 12 Anaheim 7:00 p.m.
Wed Mar. 14 at Buffalo 5:30 p.m.
Thu Mar. 15 at New Jersey 5:00 p.m.
Sat Mar. 17 at NY Rangers 5:00 p.m.
Tue Mar. 20 Calgary 7:00 p.m.
Thu Mar. 22 at Phoenix 8:00 p.m.
Sat Mar. 24 Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Mon Mar. 26 at San Jose 8:30 p.m.
Wed Mar. 28 at Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
Fri Mar. 30 at Calgary 7:00 p.m.
Thu Apr. 5 Columbus 7:00 p.m.
Sat Apr. 7 Nashville 7:00 p.m.