We are only a matter of hours away from the NHL’s latest Stadium Series game. This Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche will be hosting the Los Angeles Kings from Falcon Stadium on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It is the eleventh time the NHL has held a Stadium Series game and the second time the Avalanche have been the host.
Two years ago, the Avalanche played the Detroit Red Wings in Coors Field. Saturday’s game will have a much different feel, and not just because of the differences between a football and baseball stadium. The Avs and the NHL are full embracing the significance of the game being held in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy - right down to the fighter jet that will be next to the rink.
While some fans complain that the league has over-saturated the market with the number of outdoor games they’ve had over the past few years, this season the NHL has made an obvious effort to keep them fresh. The put the Winter Classic in Dallas for the first time and now the Stadium Series game will be in Colorado Springs - and area of the state that doesn’t often get to host this kind of major events.
The transformation of Falcon Stadium has been amazing and as we get close to the game, Avalanche fans are going to turn Colorado Springs into a special place.
The Avalanche saw their five game winning streak end Thursday night at the hands of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, so the team will be looking to use this outdoor game to get back on the winning track. Sitting only two points back of the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Western Conference, the Avs are playing some of their best hockey of the season, despite the loss to the Caps.
With points in ten of their last 12 games, the Avalanche have weathered the storm of an injury-induced let down in the middle portion of the season. Philipp Grubauer has found his game and the team in front of him has been playing great hockey at both ends of the ice.
With an eye towards the top seed in the West going into the playoffs, Saturday’s game has significance to the standings, but it’s more than that. Players don’t hide the fact they still get an extra rush from these outdoor games. Whether nostalgia from playing outside on a pond as a child or just the refreshing idea of playing in a different environment, these games mean a lot to the teams involved. That feeling often translates to the fans, whether they’re in attendance or watching on television.
It’s an opportunity for the Avalanche and their fans to show the hockey world just how spectacular Colorado can be and how important it is to the landscape of hockey.
The Avalanche will be facing off against the Los Angeles Kings at historic Falcon Stadium on the campus of the US Air Force Academy. It’s the NHL’s latest Stadium Series game and is certain to be an incredible experience for both the teams and their fans.
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