The Colorado Avalanche will spend this season putting 2012-2013 behind them and they’re off to a good start. In the first six games, Colorado is 6-1 and already has 12 points. Some key changes were made in the offseason, one of which included Patrick Roy being named the head coach, replacing Joe Sacco. Another move was selecting center Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick in the draft and MacKinnon already has seven points in the first six games. The Avalanche will also hope for a turnaround season from 25-year-old goaltender Semyon Varlamov. After allowing 3.02 goals per game last season, varlamov has started this season only allowing 1.68. Colorado will also have center Matt Duchene, who will turn 23 in January, already in his fifth NHL season.
Avalanche tickets this season are averaging $84, a 29% year-over-year change over last season’s average of $65 per ticket. There’s a youth movement on this team that has, so far, been very productive. If this can continue over the length of a full season, this could be a very fun team to watch. If everything clicks right for this team, they could make this rebuilding process short and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009-2010.
Here are the top five games for the Avalanche this season:
- March 12th vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and defending Stanley Cup champions visit the Mile High City. Average ticket price is $135 with a get-in price of $25.
- March 21st vs. Boston Bruins – The Bruins visit Denver for a late March contest. Average ticket price is $133 with a get-in price of $25.
- April 6th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – The Avalanche will look to test themselves against one of the NHL’s top teams as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins visit town. Average ticket price is $122 with a get-in price of $28.
- April 3rd vs. New York Rangers – Colorado plays host to Rick Nash and the Rangers in a rare late season inter conference affair. Average ticket price is $122 with a get-in price of $19.
- March 29th vs. San Jose Sharks – Joe Thornton and company visit Denver for a late season conference game that could have playoff implications for San Jose. Average ticket price is $112 with a get-in price of $14.
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