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Avalanche to play Kraken in first round of playoffs

Colorado will begin its Stanley Cup defense against Seattle beginning Tuesday night at Ball Arena.
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, reaches out for the puck as Seattle Kraken center Matty Beniers defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — The playoff run to defend their Stanley Cup title is on for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avs closed out the regular season with a 4-3 win over Nashville powered by a Nathan MacKinnon hat trick on Friday night, clinching the division title for the third season in a row.

With the victory, Colorado drew the Seattle Kraken for its first-round playoff matchup.

The Avalanche have their sights set on a fourth Stanley Cup, while the Kraken are making their first NHL playoff appearance in franchise history.

Games 1 and 2 will be held at Ball Arena. Here is the schedule for the opening round:

  • Game 1 – Tuesday, April 18 at Ball Arena, 8 p.m. (MT)
  • Game 2 – Thursday, April 20 at Ball Arena, 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 3 – Saturday, April 22 at Climate Pledge Arena, 8 p.m.
  • Game 4 – Monday, April 24 at Climate Pledge Arena, 8 p.m.
  • Game 5 (if necessary) – Wednesday, April 26 at Ball Arena, TBD
  • Game 6 (if necessary) – Friday, April 28 at Climate Pledge Arena, TBD
  • Game 7 (if necessary) – Sunday, April 30 at Ball Arena, TBD



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