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2014-15 Avalanche Schedule released: Season begins October 9, ends April 11

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Avalanche starts the season against one familiar foe and ends it with another.

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The NHL released the 2014-2015 schedule today, and the Avalanche have a few significant road trips ahead.

Highlights

Opening Night: @ Minnesota, Oct. 9

Home opener: v. Minnesota, Oct. 11

Closing night/home closer: v. Blackhawks, April 11

Longest Home Stand: 4 games, February 12 - February 18

Longest Road Trip: 5 games, January 12 - January 19 and March 19 - March 26

Number of back-to-backs: 11 (1 in Oct, 2 in Nov, 2 in Dec, 1 in Jan, 2 in Feb, 3 in March)

Number of Home-and-homes*: 2 (vs. Wild, Oct 9 & 11; vs. Predators, Jan 27 & 30) *Not back to back

Number of Morning/Afternoon games: 3 (Oct 13 at 11:00 am, Oct 26 at 1 pm, Jan 10 at 1 pm)

Some other tidbits:

  • The Avs have five homestands of 3 or more games, while having 6 road trips of three or more games.
  • 8 of the 11 back-to-backs are on the road. The other three are home-and-aways. There are no back-to-backs at home.
  • The Avs' Oct 13th 11 am game against the Bruins is on a Monday. It's the US holiday Columbus Day.
  • Avalanche are celebrating New Year's Eve in Denver against the Flyers.
NHL Schedule Notes

Training Camp Opens: Thursday, Sept. 18

Preseason Games Begin: Sunday, Sept. 21

Regular Season Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 8

Christmas Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Dec. 26

All-Star Break: Thursday, Jan. 22 – Monday, Jan. 26

Last Day of Regular Season: Saturday, April 11

Avalanche Schedule
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT)
October 2014
THU OCT 9, 2014 AVALANCHE WILD 6:30 PM
SAT OCT 11, 2014 WILD AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
MON OCT 13, 2014 AVALANCHE BRUINS 11:00 AM
TUE OCT 14, 2014 AVALANCHE MAPLE LEAFS 5:30 PM
THU OCT 16, 2014 AVALANCHE SENATORS 5:30 PM
SAT OCT 18, 2014 AVALANCHE CANADIENS 5:00 PM
TUE OCT 21, 2014 PANTHERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
FRI OCT 24, 2014 CANUCKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SUN OCT 26, 2014 AVALANCHE JETS 1:00 PM
TUE OCT 28, 2014 SHARKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU OCT 30, 2014 ISLANDERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
November 2014
SAT NOV 1, 2014 AVALANCHE BLUES 6:00 PM
SUN NOV 2, 2014 DUCKS AVALANCHE 6:00 PM
TUE NOV 4, 2014 CANUCKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU NOV 6, 2014 MAPLE LEAFS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 8, 2014 AVALANCHE FLYERS 5:00 PM
TUE NOV 11, 2014 AVALANCHE ISLANDERS 5:00 PM
THU NOV 13, 2014 AVALANCHE RANGERS 5:00 PM
SAT NOV 15, 2014 AVALANCHE DEVILS 5:00 PM
THU NOV 20, 2014 CAPITALS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 22, 2014 HURRICANES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
TUE NOV 25, 2014 AVALANCHE COYOTES 7:00 PM
WED NOV 26, 2014 BLACKHAWKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 29, 2014 STARS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
December 2014
MON DEC 1, 2014 CANADIENS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU DEC 4, 2014 AVALANCHE FLAMES 7:00 PM
FRI DEC 5, 2014 AVALANCHE JETS 6:00 PM
TUE DEC 9, 2014 PREDATORS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU DEC 11, 2014 JETS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 13, 2014 BLUES AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
THU DEC 18, 2014 AVALANCHE PENGUINS 5:00 PM
SAT DEC 20, 2014 AVALANCHE SABRES 5:00 PM
SUN DEC 21, 2014 AVALANCHE RED WINGS 4:00 PM
TUE DEC 23, 2014 BLUES AVALANCHE 6:00 PM
SAT DEC 27, 2014 BLACKHAWKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
MON DEC 29, 2014 AVALANCHE BLUES 6:00 PM
WED DEC 31, 2014 FLYERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
January 2015
FRI JAN 2, 2015 OILERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SUN JAN 4, 2015 BLUE JACKETS AVALANCHE 6:00 PM
TUE JAN 6, 2015 AVALANCHE BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM
THU JAN 8, 2015 SENATORS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 10, 2015 STARS AVALANCHE 1:00 PM
MON JAN 12, 2015 AVALANCHE CAPITALS 5:00 PM
TUE JAN 13, 2015 AVALANCHE HURRICANES 5:00 PM
THU JAN 15, 2015 AVALANCHE PANTHERS 5:30 PM
SAT JAN 17, 2015 AVALANCHE LIGHTNING 5:00 PM
MON JAN 19, 2015 AVALANCHE BLUES 6:00 PM
WED JAN 21, 2015 BRUINS AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
TUE JAN 27, 2015 AVALANCHE PREDATORS 6:00 PM
FRI JAN 30, 2015 PREDATORS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
February 2015
TUE FEB 3, 2015 AVALANCHE STARS 6:30 PM
THU FEB 5, 2015 RED WINGS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 7, 2015 AVALANCHE WILD 6:00 PM
SUN FEB 8, 2015 AVALANCHE JETS 4:00 PM
THU FEB 12, 2015 RANGERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 14, 2015 STARS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
MON FEB 16, 2015 COYOTES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
WED FEB 18, 2015 KINGS AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
FRI FEB 20, 2015 AVALANCHE BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM
SUN FEB 22, 2015 LIGHTNING AVALANCHE 4:00 PM
TUE FEB 24, 2015 AVALANCHE PREDATORS 6:00 PM
FRI FEB 27, 2015 AVALANCHE STARS 6:30 PM
SAT FEB 28, 2015 WILD AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
March 2015
WED MAR 4, 2015 PENGUINS AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
SAT MAR 7, 2015 AVALANCHE BLUE JACKETS 5:00 PM
SUN MAR 8, 2015 AVALANCHE WILD 4:00 PM
TUE MAR 10, 2015 KINGS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU MAR 12, 2015 DEVILS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 14, 2015 FLAMES AVALANCHE 8:00 PM
THU MAR 19, 2015 AVALANCHE COYOTES 8:00 PM
FRI MAR 20, 2015 AVALANCHE DUCKS 8:00 PM
MON MAR 23, 2015 AVALANCHE FLAMES 7:00 PM
WED MAR 25, 2015 AVALANCHE OILERS 6:00 PM
THU MAR 26, 2015 AVALANCHE CANUCKS 8:00 PM
SAT MAR 28, 2015 SABRES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
MON MAR 30, 2015 OILERS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
April 2015
WED APR 1, 2015 AVALANCHE SHARKS 8:30 PM
FRI APR 3, 2015 AVALANCHE DUCKS 8:00 PM
SAT APR 4, 2015 AVALANCHE KINGS 8:00 PM
TUE APR 7, 2015 PREDATORS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU APR 9, 2015 JETS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
SAT APR 11, 2015 BLACKHAWKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM

Scheduling Matrix

The scheduling matrix, effective as of last season, ensures that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once a season:

Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 30 games

* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 x 2 =10 games

* 4 x 5 = 20 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 x 8 = 24 games

Non-Conference: 28 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 x 14 = 28 games

Western Conference (7-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 29 games

* 5 games vs. five teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. two teams, 2 Home/3 Away vs. three teams) AND 4 games vs. one team (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 x 5 =25 games

* 1 x 4 = 4 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 21 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. three teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 x 7 = 21 games

Non-Conference: 32 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 x 16 = 32 games

Exception: One team from each division plays one less game inside division and one more game inside conference outside division.