The Colorado Avalanche will play a round robin against three other Western Conference teams. Who will be the toughest opponent?
The Colorado Avalanche are well into their Phase 2 with players in informal practices at the Pepsi Center. We looked at a couple of their sessions in this post:
These informal groups are scheduled to take place until July 9. On July 10, Phase 3 starts, which consists of formal training camps. All players who will enter the playoff bubble with the rest of the team are expected to be in attendance. Teams will fly out to their hub cities either July 23 or 24, play exhibition games, and start the round robin or qualification round on July 30.
The Avalanche have already qualified for the playoffs. So, they’ll play a round robin against three other teams for seeding. Those three other teams are the other top teams in the Western Conference. The Central Division is an especially tough division, so three of the four round robin teams are from there.
Those three round robin games aren’t as impactful as the qualification games. However, they represent a chance for the Colorado Avalanche to get sharp in time for the first round of the playoffs.
So, let’s look at each of the three teams and what kind of competition they’ll offer to Colorado.