Jan 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) and defenseman Jan Hejda (8) fight Minnesota Wild center Kyle Brodziak (21) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Avalanche host the Minnesota Wild for opening night on October 8. This is a date that Avalanche fans have had circled in our calendars since the ignominious end to the 2014-15 season. (Ok, actually the ending was pretty good, but you get the point.)
I don’t know about other Avalanche fans, but seeing that the season opener would be against the Minnesota Wild created a mixture of feelings. I’ve made no bones about my hate for that team, and admittedly a lot of it stems from frustration. I felt a little nervous since Colorado had so much trouble scoring against them last season, and our young snipers are ever so mental.
However, once I considered that the Wild have nothing new to do to us — they injured one of our best players, booted us from the playoffs and gave us a horrible start to the Avs New Age season — I decided to allow the anticipation to build naturally. Like the rest of Avs Nation, I’m just excited to get the new season rolling.
As we near opening night, though, I would like to offer some advice to Minnesota Wild fans attending the game at Pepsi Center. This is not part of my usual Minny hate — this is genuine advice.