With an 82 game schedule this upcoming season for the young Colorado Avalanche here is a look at the big showdowns heading into the 2011-2012 season. As always games will become more important throughout the season based on standings and previous meetings between the clubs.
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Saturday, October 8th - Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings
A great way to kick off the season with another big rivalry game! Not only is it the first game of the season, but the game will be highlighted by the raising to the rafters of Avs legend Peter Forsberg's #21 jersey.
Monday, October 10th - Colorado Avalanche vs Boston Bruins
The Avs take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
Saturday, October 15th - Colorado Avalanche vs Montreal Canadians
One of the Original Six host the Avs where they look to shut down the team that stole Patrick Roy away from them after his well storied exit.
Monday, October 17th - Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The rich history of the Maple Leafs play host to the Avalanche where John-Michael Liles gets to prove his worth against his former club.
Thursday, October 20th and Saturday, October 22nd - Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks
Home and home series against the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions who are loaded with talent with the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Duncan Keith on display.
Sunday, October 30th - Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings
The Stanley Cup hungry Kings look to make a strong push for the Cup with their star studded lineup featuring Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, and Jonathan Quick.
Monday, November 8th - Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings play host to the Avs in the second meeting of this bitter rivalry.
Thursday, November 10th - Colorado Avalanche vs New York Islanders
2009 First Overall pick John Tavares visits Denver to take on 2009 Third Overall pick Matt Duchene and the Avs.
Tuesday, November 15th - Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin take on the Avalanche.
Wednesday, November 23rd - Colorado Avalanche vs Vancouver Canucks
The division rivalry is renewed when the Avs play host to the 2011 Western Conference champs.
Wednesday, November 30th - Colorado Avalanche vs New Jersey Devils
The Avalanche welcome the team they defeated for Ray Bourque's memorable 2001 Stanley Cup Championship back to Pepsi Center.
Sunday, December 4th - Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings
The Avs play host to the Red Wings in the third meeting of one of the best rivalries in hockey.
Saturday, December 17th - Colorado Avalanche vs Washington Capitals
Alexander Ovechkin and company come to take on the Avs in Denver.
Monday, December 19th - Colorado Avalanche vs Philadelphia Flyers
The new look Flyers get to test their talent at Pepsi Center.
Friday, December 23rd - Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Christmas comes early with the talented Lightning squad boasting the likes of Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, and the big man Victor Hedman.
Tuesday, December 27th - Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets
The relocated Atlanta Thrashers come to Colorado with a blast from the past as the Winnipeg Jets.
Wednesday, January 18th - Colorado Avalanche vs Florida Panthers
The Avs look to bury the "Tallon"-tedly reconstructed Panthers after their sweep of them in the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
Sunday, February 19th - Colorado Avalanch vs Winnipeg Jets
The Avalanche take their first trip to the relocated Thrashers in Winnipeg.
Saturday, February 25th - Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings
The last of the regular season meetings between the Avs and Red Wings.
Saturday, March 3rd - Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and crew take a visit to Denver.
Saturday, March 17th - Colorado Avalanche vs New York Rangers
The Avs take on an Original Six team at the storied Madison Square Garden.
Saturday, April 7th - Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators
The Avs wrap up their season at home against the Predators.