In 1995, the Colorado Avalanche came to town. That proved to be a wise choice as the state has evolved into a top market for the NHL. The fact that the team won a Stanley Cup right away and added one another a few years later certainly didn’t hurt.
Interest remains incredibly high in a team that’s chock full of talent. Star forward Nathan MacKinnon is one of the most talented players in the league, and he has a solid cast around him to boot, including Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. The future is looking incredibly bright for the team, and we can say the same for another development here in CO. It’s now completely legal and safe to bet on the NHL and other sports, and business is booming on that front.
We’ll cover everything you need to know to bet on the Avalanche online in Colorado, from the best odds and lines at CO online sportsbooks for the next game to betting tips and team breakdowns.
Each time the Avalanche hit the ice, you’ll be able to get in a wide range of sports bets. While the Avs have the sting of another second-round series defeat (their third in a row) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they are in action check our live odds feed below for the best puck line, moneyline and totals lines at CO online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook, register a new account and lock in your bets.
It’s been a while since the Avalanche skated with Lord Stanley’s Cup. Is this the year for it to happen once again? You can check out the current best odds for the Avalanche to win the Stanley Cup right here; click any odds to jump right to the sportsbook and lock in your bet.
There’s no denying that the Colorado Avalanche have some solid talent. Nathan MacKinnon is simply a cut above. He’s a perennial MVP favorite and the earlier you get your bet in the better. Find the best MacKinnon MVP and game prop odds at CO online sportsbooks right here.
On Dec. 26 and 27, the Broncos and Avs play on back-to-back days in Las Vegas. Here’s what you need to know for planning a weekend trip.
The Avs are the consensus favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup next season. For that to happen, Joe Sakic has some work ahead this offseason.
In a typical slow period for sports betting in the U.S., the Avalanche and Nuggets helped the Colorado market increase over April.
There are plenty of ways to bet on the Avalanche, two of the most intriguing of which are the prop and futures markets. The former opens up more opportunities on the individual games, while the latter lets you tackle the season as a whole.
You can find available props for Avalanche games by clicking through on the individual contest listing. After you do so, you’ll see a wide range of prop offerings that are basically like having some side action on the game. A good number of props will revolve around player performance.
There will also be props centered around the team or game. Examples include the power play performance for the Avalanche or which side will have more shots in the contest.
The NHL futures market revolves around events for which the outcome won’t be known until a later date. If you click on the NHL tab at legal online sportsbooks, there should be a dedicated section for available offerings. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll see.
Odds for futures come out in the offseason, and the market stays active all year-round. There are always some intriguing opportunities to be found, many of which will pay out a nice return if you make the right calls.
The schedule for the 2021 NHL season remains a work in progress. However, the league typically follows the same formula for an 82-game schedule. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch, this is what the Avalanche will have on the docket.
At a minimum, the league wants each team to play in the other arenas across the NHL at least once. As such, you’ll be able to catch all of the top stars from across the league here at home at least once, while Colorado will be on the road to take on each of the other squads as well.
There will be plenty of rivalry games to look forward to in the competitive Central Division, including against clubs such as the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets.
Since a rough stretch of three straight seasons without making the playoffs that ended after the 2016-17 campaign, the Avalanche have really turned it around. The 2017-18 squad racked up 95 regular-season points, but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Predators.
The following season, the point total went down to 90, but the club found a little more success in the postseason. After taking down the Calgary Flames in the opening round, the club would take the San Jose Sharks to seven games in round two before falling.
The 2019-20 campaign was an unusual one for the NHL as a whole. The Avalanche were solid in the shortened campaign, posting 92 points in 70 regular-season games. After going 2-1 in a special round-robin seeding round, the team advanced to take on the Arizona Coyotes.
Colorado won that series in five games and advanced to face the Dallas Stars once again as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue to progress. Nathan MacKinnon led the team in scoring for the season with 35 goals and 58 assists for 93 points, while Philipp Grubauer posted a record of 18-12-4 with a 2.63 goals against average and .916 save percentage.
In the 2019 NHL entry draft, the Avalanche managed to snag some intriguing youngsters while building out some further depth in the team roster. Here’s a look back at the selections for each round.
Byram is an impressive left-hand shooting defensive prospect. In his latest season with the Giants, he tallied 14 goals and 38 assists. Newhook is another lefty shooter who just completed his first season at Boston College, racking up 19 goals and 23 assists in the process.
Colorado has built itself into a contender, and strong drafting has played a big role in that. Let’s take a look at the first-round draft picks over the past decade.
As the overall performance of the Avalanche has improved in recent years, there has been a natural correlation with the production of players. A look back at the season leaders over the past decade shows a really interesting progression.
|2019-20||Nathan MacKinnon, 35||Nathan MacKinnon, 58||Nathan MacKinnon, 93|
|2018-19||Nathan MacKinnon, 41||Nathan MacKinnon, 58||Nathan MacKinnon, 99|
|2017-18||Nathan MacKinnon, 39||Nathan MacKinnon, 58||Nathan MacKinnon, 97|
|2016-17||Mikko Rantanen, 20||Nathan MacKinnon, 37||Nathan MacKinnon, 53|
|2015-16||Matt Duchene, 30||Carl Soderberg, 39||Matt Duchene, 59|
|2014-15||Jarome Iginla, 29||Tyson Barrie, 41||Landeskog/Iginla, 59|
|2013-14||Ryan O’Reilly, 28||Matt Duchene, 47||Matt Duchene, 70|
|2012-13||PA Parenteau, 18||Matt Duchene, 26||Duchene/Parenteau, 43|
|2011-12||Gabriel Landeskog, 22||Ryan O’Reilly, 37||Ryan O’Reilly, 55|
|2010-11||Milan Hejduk, 27||Ryan Smyth, 33||Milan Hejduk, 59|
MacKinnon has clearly demonstrated he’s the most talented Avs player in recent times, but there are a number of memorable names etched on the above list from previous seasons.
Since moving to Colorado in 1995, the Avalanche have had a pretty decent run of continuity at the head coaching position. Here’s a look at the records of all of the head coaches that Colorado has had since that point.
Crawford and Hartley led the team to Stanley Cup wins in 1996 and 2001, respectively. No other Colorado Avalanche coach has managed to get past the second round of the playoffs since then, but Bednar seems to have the club on the right track.
The captain designation for the Avalanche hasn’t been handed out with abandon. Since the move to Colorado, just four players have worn the C on their Avalanche jerseys. Let’s take a look at the tenure of each.
Franchise legend Sakic was already a cornerstone of the team when it made the move from Quebec in 1995. He was the 15th overall pick in the 1987 NHL entry draft by the team that was then known as the Quebec Nordiques.
In six of the first seven years of the past decade, Colorado failed to qualify for the playoffs. The team has been steadily improving in recent times with postseason berths in three straight campaigns. As you would expect, the play in net has played a part in the improvement. Here’s a look back at all of the goaltenders that have played for the Avs over the last 10 seasons.
When the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche, the team first played its home games at the McNichols Arena in Denver. That lasted until the 1999-2000 season when the team moved into its brand new digs.
Altitude Sports is the local home for TV broadcasts of Avalanche games. There have been some issues with the network being offered by all local carriers in the past, but its deal with DirecTV seems to be pretty solid.
Games can also sometimes be found on one of the NHL’s national broadcast partners: NBC, NBC Sports Network, and the NHL Network. You can find these three outlets in plenty of cable, streaming and satellite packages.
If the Avalanche are on one of these networks, there’s usually an option for online or mobile coverage as well by the network, but valid login credentials will be required. ESPN+, a subscription-based add-on, also provides coverage of select NHL games.
Mark Moser handles the play-by-play on Altitude, while Peter McNab provides analysis. On radio, Conor McGahey calls the action and Mark Bertagnoli is the studio host. Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 is the flagship station for Colorado Avalanche games.
Some games can also be found on Altitude Sports Radio 950 AM. The audio feed is also picked up by a number of stations across the state.
You can also find radio coverage of the games on TuneIn, which you can access both online and via app.
The Colorado Avalanche came into existence as the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association in 1972. The Nordiques won the league title, known as the Avco Cup, in 1977, and fell in the finals once in 1975.
Four WHA teams joined the NHL in 1979. Along with the Nordiques, the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, and Winnipeg Jets made the jump. For much of the 1980s, the team was a regular participant in the Stanley Cup playoffs, losing in the conference finals twice.
The wheels came off heading into the 1987-88 season. For five-straight seasons, the Nordiques finished in last place in what was then known as the Adams Division. While it was a frustrating run for the fans, the team was able to stockpile talent thanks to lofty draft positions.
The process began bearing fruit in the 1992-93 season when the team returned to the playoffs. It missed out again the following year but managed to return to the dance in the 1994-95 campaign.
That would be the last season for the club in Quebec. COMSAT Entertainment Group acquired the Nordiques and relocated them to Denver. Here are some of the notable facts, figures, and records that include the club’s time as the Nordiques.
The franchise traces its roots back to 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA. In 1995, the team was sold to COMSAT Entertainment for $103 million and promptly moved to Colorado. In 2000, Kroenke Sports Enterprises purchased the Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and the Pepsi Center for $450 million. According to the latest NHL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Avalanche are now worth $475 million on their own.
Back in the day, the Quebec Nordiques nabbed the top pick several times, but it has happened just one time since the franchise moved to Colorado. In 2013, the team selected Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in the draft, and he has proven to be a franchise cornerstone. The club had the second pick in 2011, selecting Gabriel Landeskog, and the third selection in 2009 when it picked Matt Duchene.
The Avalanche have made it to the finals just twice, but they won it all both times.
The club has also made it to the conference finals four times before coming up just short.
The Avalanche have retired a total of six numbers thus far. Here’s the list in order by player number.
The Avalanche came into existence in 1995. The franchise was originally known as the Quebec Nordiques from its inception in 1972. COMSAT Entertainment Group scooped the team up for $103 million and relocated the club to Colorado. It didn’t take long for the squad to find success in its new locale. After years of poor performance and high draft picks, the Nordiques were actually loaded with talent at the time of the move. That resulted in a Stanley Cup championship for the Avalanche in the 1995-96 season.