Has an NHL team ever gone 82-0-0 before?
Plan for the parade, Mayor Hancock. Get your bets down for the Avs and the Stanley Cup at Bovada, folks!
Ah, the optimism of Opening Night — especially when plays out as it did for the Avalanche in their 4-2 win over the Blackhawks Wednesday at Ball Arena.
They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 9:34 on goals by Jack Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog and Bo Byram and went from there.
The party was on — at least for the Avalanche fans in the building.
“Probably the first 10 or 12 minutes of the game were almost a script in terms of our effort, energy and execution, and real good emotional engagement,” said assistant coach Ray Bennett, assuming the spokesman role in the absence of Jared Bednar, still exiled because of a positive COVID-19 last week.