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 Montreal 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.
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.
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. There's plenty of skill and talent among Colorado's crew of forwards. The question is whether the Avs can work together to keep the puck out their net.
How To Win At Colorado Avalanche Betting
While there's no doubt that the Avalanche are the most successful hockey team ever to perform in the Mile High City, they are far from the first major pro franchise to call Denver home. The WHA was the first to give the area a try when the Denver Spurs were awarded a franchise for the 1975-76 season. But floundering at the gate, where they drew an average of 3,000 per game, and on the ice, where they were 13-20-1, the Spurs relocated to Ottawa on Jan. 2, 1976.
The following season, the NHL relocated the Kansas City Scouts franchise to Denver and they became the Colorado Rockies, long before the MLB team of the same name originated. The Rockies lasted until 1982, when they became the New Jersey Devils after another franchise shift. The Rockies made the Stanley Cup playoffs just once, during the 1977-78 season, and were swept by the Philadelphia Flyers in a three-game series. The 1979-80 edition of the team was the most famous in Rockies history - not for what they did on the ice, but because they were coached by Don Cherry.