The Colorado Avalanche will ring in 2022 with having played only 27 games. Their next scheduled game is January 2nd against the Anaheim Ducks at Ball Arena. This comes after a surprising postponement of both Dallas Star games this week. It’s only fitting to finish out 2021 with some craziness.
As it stands today, the Avs are fourth in the Central Division trailing the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues. All three teams have played three to four more games than the Avs. Boom. A positive! We are still focusing on positives to start off the new year.
For many fans and myself included, the biggest question would be: when are these games going to be played? The NHL and the NHLPA have taken their stance on the 2022 Winter Olympics and players will not be attending. Naturally that time period seems to make the most sense to reschedule these games. Easier said than done though. Arenas must coordinate lacrosse games, basketball games, Monster Jams, concerts, etc. in those buildings. I would expect an announcement on this decision soon as we are four days away from it being January 1st. The Avs’ last game before what was the Olympic Break is scheduled February 1st and then they pick back up again February 25th. Seven games in that time period seems doable, but the schedule makers will have to do more juggling than Penn Jilette.
Besides that 2-week timespan making the most sense, there really aren’t any other options. The Avs have 16 games scheduled in January, including three back – to – back games and it’s the same story for March. 15 games including a back-to-back. Sprinkling in seven games would be brutal! The last game of the season is scheduled for April 29th and I cannot imagine the league would add on to the end of the schedule pushing playoffs late.
Well, maybe I can.
We are headed into 2022 and I have learned to just roll with the punches. One minute you have your bags packed and you’re ready to go to Vegas to cover your first road game, and the next you are drinking eggnog, binge-watching season two of The Witcher. Every dayis something new and we just gotta go with it. Hopefully the Avs are able to finish out the season without delay and we get back into the groove.
Nonetheless I hope the team enjoyed their time off with family, getting healthy and ready to play a serious amount of games in the next 4 months. Buckle up Avs fans!