SBNation’s Colorado Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey, has posted their game preview of tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.
A couple of highlights:
The Avs will have history on their side tonight, as they hold the best record in season openers of all the NHL teams. In 30 openers (this would include the Nordiques), the Avalanche are 17-6-7 for a .683 winning percentage Chicago’s opening night percentage is .530 and they are 0-2-1 in the last 3 seasons on opening night.
The Blackhawks have gone under a lot of changes since they hoisted the Cup, making a ton of changes to get under the salary cap. New to the team are goalie Marty Turco, forwards Jeff Taffe, Fernando Pisani, Ryan Putolny, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg and hulking defensemen John Scott.
Make sure to read the entire article to fully prepare yourself for tonight’s game.