DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 21: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Blues 3-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Colorado will close out the 2012-2013 regular season with 10 of their last 15 games at Pepsi Center.
Rough Road Trip
December 4 through December 14 - The Avalanche set out on their longest road trip of the season, a five city trip that begins in Detroit and New York before heading down south to face both Florida teams and the Carolina Hurricanes -- a round trip covering over 5,700 miles in a span of nine days. Whew.
Home Heavy Finish
Exactly the opposite of the 2011-2012 season, the schedule makers have decided that Colorado deserves plenty of home games to finish the season push towards the postseason. Not only does Colorado enjoy their longest homestand of the season in March (a critical five game stretch against playoff hopefuls in Dallas, Detroit, and Chicago), but 10 of the last 15 games of the year will take place in Pepsi Center.
Other Home Games of Note:
November 17 vs Montreal Canadians - Former Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj makes his return to Pepsi Center.
December 2 vs Los Angeles Kings - The Stanley Cup champions make their first trip to Denver. The Avalanche swept the Kings in all four games during the 2011-2012 season
February 28 vs New Jersey Devils - The Eastern Conference champions make their only visit to Pepsi Center.
April 13 vs Detroit Red Wings - Colorado closes out the regular season with a game against their archrivals from Motown.