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Your 2024/25 Colorado Avalanche Schedule Is Here; Important Dates To Circle

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The Colorado Avalanche will play 82 games next season…but you already knew that. When and where they actually play those games was released on Tuesday, one day after the chaos of free agency.

Colorado will open their season in Las Vegas, as the Golden Knights will host them at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 9. They’ll then return home for a four game home-stand, which includes their home opener against the…Columbus Blue Jackets? Kind of a random team to open against, but at least it’s not the Chicago Blackhawks (again).

Some interesting dates to note on the schedule beyond the season opener and the home opener:

  • The Avalanche will play their first game in Utah against the Utah Hockey Club (still weird) on October 24. I’m going to try to go to that one, and if it’s in October, that might be road trip weather! They will host Utah on Dec. 12.
  • The first day that Valeri Nichushkin is eligible to return appears to be Nov. 13, which means he will miss at least the first 16 games. That means you can prorate his contract for those games. I’d be surprised if he gets reinstated on the first day, but we won’t know if that’s the case for a while.
  • Colorado doesn’t play their first back-to-back situation until the end of November. By my count, they have 12 back-to-back’s next year.
  • Avalanche fans will get their first look at Steven Stamkos in a Nashville uniform at Ball Arena on Nov. 11. That’s going to be real strange to see. On the flip side, we’ll see Jake Guentzel in a Tampa Bay uniform on Oct. 30.
  • The longest home-stand of the season will be five games in the middle of January. The longest road trip will five games to start December.
  • Patrick Roy returns to Ball Arena on Oct. 14 for the first time since being named head coach of the Islanders.
  • No All-Star game this year. Instead, we’ve got the 4 Nations Face-Off, so no Avalanche hockey from Feb. 8-21.
  • The season will end a little earlier this year, so hopefully the NHL can actually finish the postseason

Just like last season, I’ll put the schedule up on the toolbar at CHN because the NHL app and website are kind of a nightmare to navigate. Training camp is expected to open on Sept. 20. The first preseason game will take place on Sept. 23.

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