Colorado Avalanche 2017-18 Season Preview

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 21: Matt Duchene
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DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: Colorado Avalanche players take the ice during the NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars on September 25, 2017 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Colorado Avalanche begin their 2017-18 season against the New York Rangers tomorrow. Here’s a preview of what the new season brings.

While the NHL season begins today, the Colorado Avalanche enter the fray tomorrow in New York. They’re facing the Rangers in Madison Square Garden.

Last year was a tough season for the Avalanche. They finished with just 48 points, partially because two core players (Erik Johnson and Semyon Varlamov) missed large portions of the season because of injury. The team limped demoralized through essentially all of the 2017 portion of the season.

Despite having the worst NHL record by 21 points, they then lost the Draft Lottery and dropped all the way to #4. Their Hobey Baker winning draftee, Will Butcher, also decided to spurn the team and head over to New Jersey.

Fun times. But we’re facing a fresh slate this year.

Indeed, there’s plenty that’s new with this team for the 2017-18 season. There are some returning players and coaches as well. Truthfully, this year feels more like Avs New Age than any of the previous seasons.

Let’s look at what’s coming up for the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18.