Today it was announced that the Avalanche will begin the 16-17 regular season at Pepsi Center on Saturday October 15th against a team that is NOT the Minnesota Wild! It will instead be the Dallas Stars, who won the Central division regular season crown this past season.
The NHL announced today the home-openers of all 30 NHL teams in addition to the fact the next season's slate will be entirely unveiled Tuesday afternoon at 1 PM eastern, 11 AM mountain.
Colorado will not be the visiting team to any other team's opening home game, so for the time being, we only know that one game. I'm assuming that will also mean that game versus the Stars will be the Avs' first game, home or away, unless the Avs play a game on that Friday on the road, at a team who had it's home opener on Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully that isn't the case, but we'll find out for sure tomorrow.
If you're at all curious, here's who each team's home opener comes against:
Anaheim at Honda Center: Canucks. Arizona at Jobing.com Arena: Flyers. Boston at TD Garden: Devils. Buffalo at First Niagra Center: Canadiens. Calgary at Saddleback Dome: Oilers. Carolina at RBC Center: Rangers. Chicago at United Center: Blues. Columbus at Nationwide Arena: Bruins. Dallas at American Airlines Center: Ducks. Detroit at Joe Louis Arena: Senators. Edmonton at Rexall Place: Flyers. Florida at BB&T Center: Devils. Los Angeles at Staples Center: Flyers. Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center: Jets. Montreal at Bell Centre: Penguins. Nashville at Bridgestone Arena: Blackhawks. New Jersey at Prudential Center: Ducks. NY Islanders at Barclays Center: Ducks. NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden: NY Islanders. Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre: Maple Leafs. Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center: Ducks. Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center: Capitals. San Jose at SAP Center: Kings. St. Louis at Scottrade Center: Wild. Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena: Red Wings. Toronto at Air Canada Centre: Bruins. Vancouver at Rogers Arena: Flames. Washington at Verizon Center: NY Islanders. Winnipeg at MTS Centre: Hurricanes.