Colorado Avalanche release 2022-23 schedule: The notable matchups broken down

On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that the NHL schedule for the 2022-23 season was released. Below is the schedule in calendar form, red for away games and blue for home games. All times refer to the location of the game.

For the Colorado Avalanche, their 82-game stretch begins Oct. 12 at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. They will play the Hawks for the second straight season at the start of the season, both on home ice. The home opener will be a special one as the new Stanley Cup Champions banner will be hoisted on the rafters in the Ball Arena before the game.

Some other notable matchups on the schedule include two home games against the newest NHL team, the Seattle Kraken. They only played once at Ball Arena last season, with the Avs leading 4-3. Now Avs fans have the opportunity to see the Kraken and Philipp Grubauer at the Ball Arena on October 21st and March 5th.

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On November 4th and 5th, the Columbus Blue Jackets will travel across the pond with the Avs to play at the Nokia Arena in the NHL Global Series in Tampere, Finland. It’s the Avs’ second time in the Global Series, the first time against Matt Duchene shortly after he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden. Between late October and after the Global Series in November, it will be just five games in two weeks for the Avs.

2017 SAP NHL Global Series – Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators

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The action is picking up fast though, with 15 games filling the December calendar. It includes a five-game homestand, the biggest of the season, leading into the Christmas break. The longest road trip is technically six games from October to the end of the Global Series, with the Avs playing six games away from Ball Arena during that span.

Aside from the Global Series, the Avs have a couple of four-game road trips to Eastern Canada and the West Coast in March and April, respectively. In the four-game road trip in April, a unique feature of the schedule is a pair of back-to-back away games against the San Jose Sharks on April 4th and 6th. The season then concludes a week later on home ice against the Winnipeg Jets on May 13.

NHL: MARCH 18 Avalanche at Sharks

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The most intriguing part of the schedule comes in mid-February. The Avs meet Stanley Cup finalists Tampa Bay Lightning twice in a week, with the President’s Trophy-winning Florida Panthers splitting the two games. They take on the Bolts on February 9th and then host them on February 14th for what some say a match made in heaven. The Panthers host the Avs on February 11 between the two games.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Sixth Game

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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re back to a “normal schedule” after a crazy few years of the schedule. The Stanley Cup will be awarded sometime in early June at a more frequent time once the playoffs begin in mid-April. Tickets for single games go on sale at 10:00 am on July 18, and pre-sale information for members with full, half and part-season tickets will be released the day before.

With the training camp and pre-season in early September culminating in the start of the cup defence, it all doesn’t seem too far away. How do we like the schedule, folks? Make your early record predictions in the comments below – October can’t come soon enough for all of us!

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