The NHL has announced the release of its 2021-22 schedule, which will return to a traditional 82-game regular season.

The Avalanche will host the Chicago Blackhawks at Ball Arena for their season opener on Oct. 13.

With the Seattle Kraken expansion, the NHL will have four divisions of eight teams, meaning the Arizona Coyotes will join the Central Division. The Avs will play 26 games against Central Division foes. They face the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and Arizona four teams, each. And the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues three times.

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Colorado will also play 32 games against the Pacific Division, facing each team three times. And 32 games against the Eastern Conference, a total of two games against each of the 16 teams.

The schedule also has a break in February for both the All-Star Game and the 2022 Olympics. If the NHL is unable to come to terms with the International Olympic Committee on Olympic participation, then an altered schedule will be released at a later time.

The Avs will also have 11 back-to-back sets and conclude their regular season on April 29.

Start times will be announced at a later date.

Full 2021-22 Colorado Avalanche Schedule

Wed   Oct. 13    CHICAGO
Sat      Oct. 16    ST. LOUIS
Tue     Oct. 19     at Washington
Thu     Oct. 21     at Florida
Sat      Oct. 23     at Tampa Bay
Tue     Oct. 26    VEGAS
Thu     Oct. 28     at St. Louis
Sat      Oct. 30    MINNESOTA      

Wed   Nov. 3      COLUMBUS
Sat      Nov. 6      at Columbus
Thu    Nov. 11    VANCOUVER
Sat      Nov. 13    SAN JOSE
Wed    Nov. 17    at Vancouver
Fri       Nov. 19    at Seattle
Mon   Nov. 22    OTTAWA
Wed   Nov. 24    ANAHEIM
Fri       Nov. 26    at Dallas
Sat      Nov. 27    NASHVILLE       

Wed    Dec. 1      at Toronto
Thu     Dec. 2      at Montreal
Sat      Dec. 4      at Ottawa
Mon    Dec. 6      at Philadelphia
Wed    Dec. 8      at NY Rangers
Fri      Dec. 10    DETROIT
Sun     Dec. 12    FLORIDA
Tue     Dec. 14    NY RANGERS
Thu     Dec. 16    at Nashville
Sat      Dec. 18    TAMPA BAY
Mon    Dec. 20    at Detroit
Wed    Dec. 22    at Buffalo
Thu     Dec. 23    at Boston
Mon    Dec. 27    at Vegas
Wed   Dec. 29    DALLAS
Fri       Dec. 31    at Dallas 

Sun     Jan. 2       ANAHEIM
Tue     Jan. 4        at Chicago
Thu    Jan. 6       WINNIPEG
Sat      Jan. 8       TORONTO
Mon   Jan. 10    SEATTLE
Tue     Jan. 11     at Nashville
Fri      Jan. 14    ARIZONA
Sat      Jan. 15     at Arizona
Mon   Jan. 17    MINNESOTA
Wed    Jan. 19     at Anaheim
Thu     Jan. 20     at Los Angeles
Sat      Jan. 22    MONTREAL
Mon   Jan. 24    CHICAGO
Wed   Jan. 26    BOSTON
Fri       Jan. 28     at Chicago
Sun     Jan. 30    BUFFALO            

Tue     Feb. 1      ARIZONA
Fri      Feb. 25    WINNIPEG
Sat      Feb. 26     at Vegas

Tue     Mar. 1     NY ISLANDERS
Thu     Mar. 3      at Arizona
Sat      Mar. 5     CALGARY
Mon    Mar. 7      at NY Islanders
Tue     Mar. 8      at New Jersey
Thu     Mar. 10    at Carolina
Sun     Mar. 13   CALGARY
Tue     Mar. 15    at Los Angeles
Fri       Mar. 18    at San Jose
Mon   Mar. 21   EDMONTON
Wed   Mar. 23   VANCOUVER
Fri      Mar. 25   PHILADELPHIA
Sun     Mar. 27    at Minnesota
Tue     Mar. 29    at Calgary
Thu    Mar. 31   SAN JOSE            

Sat      Apr. 2      PITTSBURGH
Tue     Apr. 5       at Pittsburgh
Fri       Apr. 8       at Winnipeg
Sat      Apr. 9       at Edmonton
Wed   Apr. 13    LOS ANGELES
Thu    Apr. 14    NEW JERSEY
Sat      Apr. 16    CAROLINA
Mon   Apr. 18    WASHINGTON
Wed    Apr. 20    at Seattle
Fri       Apr. 22    at Edmonton
Sun     Apr. 24    at Winnipeg
Tue     Apr. 26    ST. LOUIS
Thu    Apr. 28    NASHVILLE
Fri       Apr. 29    at Minnesota

Aarif Deen
 is our Colorado Avalanche beat reporter. He covers Avs games live from Ball Arena and attends practices, media availabilities and other events pertaining to the Avs on the daily beat. He is also a co-host of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche podcast. Deen joined Mile High Sports upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Before Mile High Sports, Deen worked for the Michigan Wolverines Athletics Department as the assistant sports information director.

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