Only one NHL team can boast that it won the Stanley Cup during its first season in the city they call home and that is the Avalanche. The Quebec Nordiques relocated to Denver in 1995 and the newly-minted Colorado Avalanche were an immediate hit both on and off the ice. When they added Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy in an early-season trade with the Canadiens, they had the final piece of the puzzle in place. Colorado raced to the Pacific Division title, and the Avalanche swept the Florida Panthers to capture the Stanley Cup in 1995-96.
The excitement of 2013-14, when the Colorado Avalanche shocked the hockey world by racing past so many Stanley Cup contenders to capture the NHL’s Central Division title, has long since subsided. The postiive upside of that sensational season was immediately wiped out when the Avs were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs that spring, and it’s only grown more distant as the club failed to make the playoffs in each of the following two seasons, dropping from 112, to 90, to 82 points in successive seasons.
Instead of growing together and moving closer toward the objective of winning a Stanley Cup, the promise that Colorado’s young lineup displayed not so long ago is now almost as far away a memory of the Avalanche’s last Stanley Cup win in 2000-01.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Lines Today
Bettors are always interested in the latest betting lines, which can be seen below. The game odds are often the determining factor on whether or not it’s worth wagering on the moneyline.
Colorado Avalanche Scores & Schedule
Here’s where you will find the Colorado Avalanche scores and schedule. When the Avalanche play at home in Denver’s Pepsi Center, you should be high on them from a wagering standpoint.
Denver literally is a mile high above sea level and that altitude can offer them a distinct home-ice advantage when facing opposition that could already be tired from the grind of a long road trip. It takes time to adjust to the altitude and that advantage can be enough to offer the Avs the chance to get the jump on the other team.
Colorado Avalanche Standings Right Now
The Avalanche standings are located below. Every night is a battle in the rugged NHL Central Division, where in 2014-15, every team in the division accumlated 90 or more points.
There’s no question that the Avalanche can score. Five players finished with 50 points or better in 2015-16. They produced a 30-goal scorer, a pair of 20-goal snipers and in total, 11 players on the roster reached double digits in goals.
The question is whether the Avs can work together to keep the puck out their net. Only one of their top 15 scorers was a plus player in 2015-16.
How To Win At Colorado Avalanche Betting
When it comes to offense, for all their talented scorers it tends to be feast or famine when it comes to the Avalanche and scoring goals. Colorado finished 19th overall in the NHL in scoring during the 2015-16 season, and the fact of the matter is that while they have five outstanding players, the rest of the Avs struggle to be average NHLers, so balance is a real issue.
Consider the Jekyll/Hyde nature of this club – in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NHL seasons, the Avalanche scored two or fewer goals in 74 goals, while netting four or more goals in 42 games. They were shutout 13 times over the course of those two seasons.
One factor that could help the Avalanche take some forward steps in the tough Central Division would be a return to form of center Nathan MacKinnon. The top pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft instantly lived up to that billing, posting 24 goals and 63 points to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2013-14.
It would have been easy to chalk up MacKinnon’s 38-point campaign in 2014-15 as the dreaded sophomore jinx if he hadn’t followed that up with a 52-point campaign in 2015-16. Consider that by comparison, 2015 NHL top pick Connor McDavid produced 48 points in an injury-shortened 45-game rookie campaign.
Just 20, MacKinnon admitted the adjustment to life as an adult has proven challenging and that he’s allowed his on-ice struggles to lead to frustration and a loss of confidence. But if he can turn back into the guy people were projecting for superstardom, it would go a long way toward leading the Avalanche out of the wilderness and back into the reckoning in the Central.