Recent News

NHL Releases 2014 Preseason Schedule, Colorado Avalanche Open on Sept. 22

August 20th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
By Corey Dunkin

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.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Annual Burgundy/White Game to Be Held September 21 at University of Denver

August 15th, 2014 at 4:08 PM
By Corey Dunkin

In a little over a month, on September 21, the Colorado Avalanche will play their first hockey game since last April, assuming that the as yet unannounced preseason schedule doesn't have one earlier. Granted, there won't be anything at stake, but it is the event that signals the return of hockey every year for the Avalanche, the Burgundy/White game.

Just before the beginning of every season, the Avalanche play an intra-squad full three period game with half of the players wearing the burgundy home jerseys and the other half donning the white road jerseys. It is essentially a prolonged practice session that is open to the fans and where the team wears gameday apparel instead of practice jerseys. The most common site for the event has been the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, but this year the event will return to the University of Denver. According to the team's official website, tickets for the Burgundy/White game will go on sale next Thursday and will cost $10-$25.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Which Colorado Avalanche Prospect is Most Likely to Debut This Season?

August 14th, 2014 at 6:07 PM
By Corey Dunkin

With the depth that the Colorado Avalanche currently have on the roster, the team appears to be in pretty good shape heading into the upcoming season. While that is good for the team and the fans, it does mean that some of the young prospects in the developmental system will be hard pressed to crack the lineup anytime soon. Let's take a look at some of those prospects who have the best chance to see their first NHL action at some point this season.

Duncan Siemens – Defenseman – Drafted 11th overall in 2011

It is somewhat surprising that Duncan Siemens has yet to play in his first NHL game considering the fact that he was drafted exactly nine picks after the team's captain, Gabriel Landeskog. This will be the fourth season since Siemens was drafted, and one would expect a first round pick to have secured a place on the roster after that much time. Not much has been said of his progress over the last three years, so it's hard to say whether he is developing as originally hoped. While it is too early to guess how his career will pan out, we can reasonably assume that he has the potential to debut for Colorado this season if a couple of defensemen have prolonged injuries. In the meantime, he will probably be delegated to the team's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Stacking up the Central Division in 2014-2015

August 9th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
By Corey Dunkin

The last piece on Avalanche 101 fired up the imagination to see what it would be like if there was an All-Central Division team. This time, we're going to stay a bit closer to reality and try to tease out how the division standings might shake out this season. 

This could be the hardest division to figure out, as most of the teams in it are talented enough to end up finishing first. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are perennial powerhouses that will certainly still be in the mix. The Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, and Dallas Stars are all trending up, with Colorado having actually won the Central Division title in the first year of the division's current incarnation. Right now, it looks like five of the seven teams in the Central could feasibly end up winning it. Only the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets look like longshots for a high finish. 

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

All-Central Division Team for 2014-2015, If There was One.

August 4th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
By Corey Dunkin

As the offseason drags along, it is natural to get a little antsy in anticipation of hockey's return. It is also natural to get a little imaginative to try to pass the time. To that end, Avalanche 101 has decided to imagine what it would be like if there was such a thing as All-Division teams, all-star groups representing divisions as opposed to conferences or fantasy-style drafted teams. So, without further meandering, here is a projection of what the 2014-2015 All-Central Division Team would look like with 12 forwards, 8 defenseman, and 3 goaltenders. 

bridgetds / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Line: Jamie Benn (DAL), Jonathan Toews (CHI), Patrick Kane (CHI)

These are probably the three best forwards in the Central Division as of right now. One could make a case for Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues or Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild. The Colorado Avalanche have several who are not quite at their level, although that could change pretty soon. 

Second Line: Alexander Steen (STL), Zach Parise (MIN), Jason Pominville (MIN)

Read more...
Join the Conversation...