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Cup and at ‘em — Avalanche set to open playoffs against Wild

DENVER — From one of the worst to one of the best, after some major rebuilding, the Avalanche is back in the Stanley Cup playoffs and it opens its best-of-seven series Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.

Tickets are still available and for the most part, are pretty affordable.

Larimer Square on Thursday morning was decked out in burgundy and blue and despite having a very young team, the Avalanche and the fans believe this is their time.

The team had a final practice Wednesday. The Avalanche has gone through a major rebuilding process after finishing last in the Western Conference last season.

Perhaps the biggest offseason move was the hiring of former Avalanche player, goaltender Patrick Roy as the coach. This season, the Avalanche won the Center Division and finished second in the West.

“I think we have to play the we did all year,” right wing Pa Parenteau said. “I think using our speed, being disciplined is going to be a big part of the game. We have so much firepower up front and if we stick to the program, I think we have a good chance.”

“We’ve got no reason to doubt ourselves,” left wing Gabe Landeskog said. “We know what we can do. We’re certainly a confident group. We believe in ourselves and we know the fans do to, so we’re excited.”

If you buy tickets at the box office, the cheapest seats cost about $60. On StubHub, tickets range from $60 to $150 depending on location.

 

AVALANCHE VS. WILD

Best-of-seven

April 17: at Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m.

April 19: at Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m.

April 21: at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

April 24: at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

April 26*: at Pepsi Center, TBA

April 28*: at Minnesota, TBA

April 30*: at Pepsi Center, TBA

*if necessary