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Dater’s Daily: Avs playoff ticket prices, and Taylor Hall getting his revenge



LAS VEGAS – That was a fun day. A spur-of-the-moment decision yesterday to go to Vegas for the game tonight, and it’s been all aces so far. Got a cheap room at the MGM Grand right across the street from T-Mobile Arena, went to the morning skate and the game, saw a great 2-1 Avs win with 7,500 fans in attendance – the first game on the road in which I’ve seen fans in the stands, since last March.

Now, it’s 12:45 a.m. and I need to get up at about 5:45 to get to the airport for a 7:50 a.m. flight back home. That’s the kind of stuff I don’t miss about life on the road all the time, but since I’m up…time for some Dater’s Daily notes.

So, here is a copy of an email sent to an Avs season-ticket holder recently, about playoff tickets and prices, etc.:

The Colorado Avalanche is returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight year! As an Avalanche Season Ticket Member, you will have the opportunity to purchase 2021 playoff tickets during a presale window that is assigned based on tenure. Your presale begins on:
Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00 AM

Please review two ticket options available to you below. Information regarding our opponent, dates, and start times will be released as soon as it is finalized by the NHL.Option 1: Purchase a Full Playoff Strip

  • Best Access: This is the only way to secure tickets to all potential home playoff games (up to 16).
  • Best Value: Pricing is set in advance for each round and will be the lowest price per game.
  • Your seat location by round may vary based on possible venue capacity changes. When making your purchase, you will select an initial location for Round One. For future rounds, we may need to re-seat your location due to changes in venue capacity. Your seat will be as close as possible to your original seat selection.
  • You will be charged at the start of each round for all potential home games (up to 4). Money from un-played games in the previous round will be refunded to the original payment method.
  • Each account can purchase one socially distant seating pod strip, based on availability. The number of full playoff strips may be limited due to venue capacity restrictions.

Option 2: Purchase Individual Round 1 Playoff Tickets

  • All potential* Round 1 home games are available to purchase on a single game basis at a maximum of one (1) socially distant seating pod per account based on availability. Pricing is subject to change.
  • Based on availability, you will receive a presale email to purchase single games for future rounds. With arena capacity restrictions, we anticipate single-game inventory will be limited in future rounds.

Tips for Purchasing Through a Presale:

  • You will receive a link to purchase tickets shortly before the presale window opens. We recommend logging into your KSE Account Manager prior to your scheduled presale window using your primary email address to ensure you gain access to your account. You may be prompted to reset your password. If you forgot your password, click “Forgot Password” and follow the prompts.
  • Due to high demand, you may be placed in a queue when purchasing tickets. We anticipate high inbound call volume during the presale windows which may result in delayed response times. We encourage you to remain in the queue until access to seat availability is granted as this will be the best way to secure your tickets. If you require ADA seats, make sure to click on the accessible seating button prior to selecting your seats at the top of the seating map.
  • All seat availability has been placed into socially distanced seat locations, called seating pods. Each seating pod must be purchased in its entirety. Transfer and resale of tickets you purchase will be available. However, you must transfer or resell the entire pod to an individual buyer or members of a single household. If a seating pod is broken and resold, the entire purchase is subject to cancellation without notice. All tickets resold through Ticketmaster are subject to resale fees.
  • Select the game you would like to attend to view seating pods available for purchase. In the upper left corner, update the seat quantity to view pods greater than two.

So, there you go on that. Seems like the Avs are being fair about this. Although, that looks complicated to me.


  • Matt Duchene is having a strong late-season run with the Predators. Well, if you call two goals on Monday, that is. Otherwise, he hadn’t had a goal in his previous eight games (
  • Taylor Hall is having a great run with the Boston Bruins, since being traded from Buffalo. Oh, and he has some crocodile tears for Jack Eichel, who remains in Buffalo (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Sportsnet: Rick Tocchet lasted four years behind the Arizona Coyotes bench. Sunday, they mutually agreed to part ways.
  • ESPN+: Greg Wyshynski opines: Patience is no longer a virtue with the New York Rangers. And “there’s never been a top center James Dolan didn’t want.” Cue the Eichel to Rangers NHL trade chatter.
  • San Jose: NHL trade speculation is swirling around Timo Meier. Our Sheng Peng cautions, now is NOT the time to deal the talented forward.
  • Florida: You remember Alex Wennberg, his rise and fall in Columbus. He’s finding a second life in Florida.
  • Netflix recommendation: The Ernest Hemingway six-hour documentary, by Ken Burns. One of our greatest writers, who led a pretty messy domestic life. I found it fascinating.
  • If the Avs are to beat the L.A. Kings in these final two games, and therefore win the Honda West Division and quite possibly the best record in the NHL: they better not take too many penalties. The only way the Kings can win games is off cheap power-play goals. They still have Drew Doughty at the point and Anze Kopitar down low.
  • Thank you to at least half a dozen new subscribers from tonight, when I threw out a $10 off promo code ($29.99 to $19.99). If you want that code, too, just DM me on Twitter – @adater.
  • So, I stuck with my one-meal-a-day diet plan today, eating a Chinese chicken salad at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the MGM before the game. All good, right? Well, little did I know the Golden Knights would have a media meal of meat loaf, potatoes and veggies once I got to the game and, well, I got weak.
  • At this point, I think it’s always best to try and finish as high as you can in the standings. I actually think the Avs would match up better against the Minnesota Wild in the first round rather than St. Louis, but you can’t look at life like that. Finish as best as you can and let things sort themselves out after that.

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