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Colorado Avalanche Playoff Tickets

Colorado Avalanche Playoff tickets

Colorado Avalanche History

The Colorado Avalanche have been one of the most popular and successful franchises in the NHL since they were founded in 1995. The team has its origins in Quebec as the Quebec Nordiques who joined the NHL in 1972 and played there through the 1994-1995 season. Following that season the franchise was sold to the Denver based company COMSAT Entertainment Group and was relocated to Denver. During their first year in existence the Colorado Avalanche were the Pacific Division Champions and went on to defeat the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Finals. They became the first team in NHL history to win the championship in their first season after being relocated and only the second franchise in all of the big four sports to do so, joining the NFL's Washington Redskins. The Avalanche remained successful during the early years of their time in Denver and made the playoffs each season until 2007. In 2001 the Colorado Avalanche won their second Stanley Cup Championship after defeating the New Jersey Devils in the Finals. Since 2007 the Avs have been doing a bit of rebuilding and have had their share of struggles, only making the playoffs in the 2009-2010 season when they lost to the San Jose Sharks in the conference quarterfinals. The 2012-2013 season was a bit of a fiasco for the Avalanche as they finished 29th in the league and 15th in the Western Conference. The Avalanche decided they needed to change directions and fired head coach Joe Sacco who was replaced by legendary goalie Patrick Roy. With a new coach the Avalanche entered the 2013-2014 season with renewed energy and have made great strides under Roy's leadership and seem to be headed towards a return to glory.


About the Team

The 2013-2014 season has been a bounce back year for the Avalanche who have rocketed up the Central Division standings and are poised to make a return to the playoffs. They currently stand in third place in the division, just a few points behind both the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche have had a stellar year offensively, led by leading points and assist man Matt Duchene and leading goal scorer Ryan O'Reilly, and are sixth in the NHL for goals scored per game. This is not to discount the Avs' defense which is anchored in the back by goalie Semyon Varmalov who is proving to be one of the toughest net minders in the league for opponents to get the puck past. If the Avalanche can tighten up their penalty kill defense which currently ranks 22nd in the NHL they will be incredibly tough to beat. As the season winds down, the Colorado Avalanche will be looking to pile up wins and pass both the Blackhawks and the Blues and finish atop their division. A strong finish to the regular season could really help the Avalanche in the playoffs, giving them plenty of games on their home ice in front of their dedicated fans who can help cheer them to wins and guide them to a deep playoff run. Be sure to be there down the stretch and during the playoff run with tickets courtesy of StubHub.


The Experience

Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Colorado Avalanche are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game day at the Pepsi Center the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.


NHL Western Conference Central Division

The Central Division is currently made up of seven teams: the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues, and the Winnipeg Jets. The conference is a perfect mix of some of the oldest and most storied franchises in the history of the sport in the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, along with some of the newer teams who joined the NHL in the NHL's expansion between 1998 and 2000 including the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, and the Winnipeg Jets (who joined as the Atlanta Thrashers before moving to Winnipeg and taking the previous franchise's name). The Blackhawks have been the most successful team in the division of late, having won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and in 2013. Six Stanley Cup winners have come from the Central Division, two by the Chicago Blackhawks and four by the Detroit Redwings who are no longer in the division.


Trivia

Six numbers have been retired by the Colorado Avalanche: number 99 for Wayne Gretzky (which has been retired by every team in the NHL), number 77 for Ray Borque, number 33 for their current coach and former goalie Patrick Roy, number 19 for Joe Sakic, number 21 for Peter Forsberg, and most recently Adam Foote's number 52 which was retired in November of 2013. Joe Sakic dominates the offensive record books for the Avalanche with the record for most goals in a season, most points in a season, most game winning goals in a season, most goals in a playoff season, and most points in a playoff season. From the 1995-1996 season through October 16, 2006 the Avalanche sold out an NHL record 487 straight home games.

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