The first of the four division summaries we’ll cover is for the Avs and the Metropolitan Division. Some things have changed since the last time the Avs faced one of these teams along the East Coast, but there are still some very familiar faces. Let’s get down to business and recap last time for Avs vs Metro.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals
The Avs hosted the Capitals on February 13, 2020 in a game that saw the Avs lose 3-2 to Alex Ovechkin’s side. The Avs had a 2-0 lead in the second and allowed three straight games. This was mainly due to penalty issues, as the Caps’ two power play goals brought them to their comeback victory.
The Caps have much of the same squad they had in 2019/20, with Ovechkin, TJ Oshie and a new veteran in the form of Zdeno Chara. It will definitely be a good game when it arrives.
The Avs and the Caps meet twice this season. They meet in DC on October 19 and in Denver on April 18.
Colorado Avalanche c. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers greeted the Avs in Philly in a dominant fashion, exploding the Avs 6-3 on February 1, 2020. It was the first game after the All-Star break and the Avs came out on the wrong foot after entering the hot break.
After losing 2-0 in the first, the Avs had no response. With both a power play and a shorthanded goal from Kevin Hayes, the Avs were in the mud from the start. Andre Burakovsky and Nikita Zadorov were Avs’ best players that night, with a goal and an assist.
The Flyers are down considerably from two seasons ago to the coming season, so things should be very different. They will meet in Philadelphia on December 6 and in Denver on March 25.
Colorado Avalanche c. Pittsburgh penguins
The Avs again suffered a loss to Sydney Crosby and the Penguins 4-3 in overtime at home on January 10, 2020. The Avs even had the chance to score a point that night.
It was thanks to Matt Calvert, who scored a 6-5 goal with 30 seconds left for a three-way tie to send him to extra frame. The Avs found themselves down 3-1 in the third, keeping Crosby off the scoresheet but opening holes for others on the Pens to capitalize.
The Avs see Pittsburgh twice late in the season, April 2 in Denver and April 5 in Pittsburgh.
Colorado Avalanche c. Carolina Hurricanes
The first win on this list saw the Avs secure this miraculous 3-2 victory in Carolina thanks to a late winner from Sam Girard on February 28, 2020. The Avs had a 2-0 lead before two goals from Tuevo Teravainen in the third. . it’s interesting.
Much has been said that the Hurricanes and Avs could have met in the Stanley Cup final that season due to the styles of play of the two teams and their quick success. Of course, that never happened, but expect a good game this season between these two.
The Avs visits Raleigh on March 10 and welcomes the Caniacs to Denver on April 16.
Colorado Avalanche c. New York Islanders
The Avs last won against the Islanders on February 19, 2020 in Denver 3-1. It was a good rebound victory as it stopped a 3-game slide for the Avs that included the Stadium Series loss at Colorado Springs. Nathan MacKinnon collected two assists on the night and helped his team win against a strong Islanders team.
It didn’t come without challenges, as the Avs had to kill two late penalties to hang on. The Islanders have improved, having reached the Eastern Conference final in the past two seasons. So this game should be fun to watch this season.
The Avs welcomes the Islanders on March 1 and visits the new UBS Arena on March 7 in Long Island.
Colorado Avalanche c. Columbus blue jackets
The Avs barely beat the Jackets 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Nazem Kadri and another from MacKinnon in the third. It was a very balanced clash with a strong goalkeeper from Elvis Merzlinkins to keep him close.
The Blue Jackets have fallen badly since the last time these two met on February 8, 2020. The abrupt break-up with John Tortorella and the loss of key names sent them to the rebuilding phase.
The Jackets arrive in Denver on November 3 and then have a quick rotation to play the Avs just three nights later in Columbus on November 6.
Colorado Avalanche c. New York Rangers
Everyone remembers the last time the Avs played against Rangers – it was the last ‘normal’ game played before the pandemic shut down the sports world on March 11, 2020. It happened like this. Avs, thanks to a winner of JT Compher OT 3-2.
Pavel Buchnevich scored the tying goal with just 13 seconds left to force the extra frame after Pavel Francouz stood on his head all night. After the Avs victory, that’s when the whole world stopped. While the victory was great for Avs fans, it was very symbolic for very different and more important reasons.
The Avs visits Madison Square Garden on December 8 and welcomes the Rangers on December 14.
Colorado Avalanche c. New Jersey Devils
The Avs beat the Devils 5-2 in Newark on January 4, 2020. Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick to lift his team, and that included a shorthanded goal from PE Bellemare.
The Devils were in rebuild mode at the time and have had a good, sneaky offseason since then. They could make noise this season and flirt with a playoff berth, so it won’t be a game of luck for the Avs.
The Avs visits the Prudential Center on March 8 and welcomes the Devils to Denver on April 14.
So how will the Avs fare compared to the metro this year? Things have changed a bit since then, and the Avs face Metro teams often in quick succession. Let’s see how it all goes.
Coming up, recapping the latest Avs clashes against the Atlantic Division, coming soon!