Chicago Blackhawks to open season at Colorado Avalanche

For the second year in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks will open their season away against powerhouse Colorado Avalanche.

Only this time, the teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum from just a year ago.

The Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions. The Hawks are on the ground floor of a conversion.

When the puck drops at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Ball Arena in Denver, the Hawks could have even more superiority than they lost 4-2 at the same venue on Oct. 13, 2021.

The season-opening loss escalated to a 1-9-2 start that culminated in the dismissal of Jeremy Colliton. Derek King replaced Colliton as interim manager for the remainder of the season.

The Hawks’ opener marks Luke Richardson’s NHL coaching debut, who was hired on June 27.

It won’t be easy sledding for Richardson, who will play his first three games on the road as the Hawks chase from Denver to Las Vegas (Golden Knights) to San Jose, Calif. (Sharks) in the first four days of the season. The Hawks traveled to their first three games last year.

After the opening drive, the Hawks will be on a five-day break before the Oct. 21 home game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. The homestand continues with games against the Seattle Kraken, Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers.

The Hawks host their season finale against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 13.

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