The moment you never thought would come is here; the NHL announced the 2013 schedule today. As expected, there will be no games against the other conference. The Avalanche will not play against anyone in the East this year, unless they make it to the Cup Finals. Here are some highlights as to how it will impact the Colorado Avalanche.
First home game: Tuesday, January 22nd against the defending Stanley Cup Champions: the LA Kings
The games against the Detroit Red Wings are: March 5th, April 1st and April 5th.
The last game of the season: April 27th against the Minnesota Wild.
Longest road-trip: is at the start of the season. From January 26th until the 31st the Avalanche have 4 road games in a row.
Longest home-stand: They have two home-stands of four games each. From February 2nd until the 11th and April 13th until the 21st.
Last game before trade deadline day on April 3rd: April 2nd, against the Predators, they don't play again until the 5th.
Afternoon games: Saturday January 26th (Sharks), February 2nd (Oilers), February 18th (Predators), February 23rd (Kings), March 3rd (Blue Jackets), March 16th (Wild), March 30th (Predators), April 13th (Canucks) and April 21st (Blues). The game on the 21st is slotted to be aired on NBC.
Numerous back to backs:
The first back to back games are January 30th (in Vancouver) and January 31st (in Calgary).
The second one: February 3rd (Kings) and 4th (Ducks).
The third one: March 5th (in Detroit) and 6th (in Chicago).
The fourth one: March 23rd (in Dallas) and 24th (against the Canucks in Colorado).
The fifth one right after: March 27th (in Calgary) and 28th (in Vancouver).
The sixth one: April 1st (in Detroit) and 2nd (in Nashville).
The eight one: April 10th (in Anaheim) and 11th (in LA).
The ninth set is also their last two games. April 26th (in Phoenix) and 27th (in Colorado against Minnesota).
The full schedule can be found on the Colorado Avalanche's website here.
As though hockey being back isn't enough of a good thing for you, the NHL Networking is now going back to new programing. You might want to check them out tonight at 6:30 ET/ 8:30 MT. They are having the Colorado Avalanche Captain on "My Season, My Words: Gabriel Landeskog".
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