It’ll be like a scene out of Cool Runnings for the Avalanche – the only difference is that they are going to love it.
Colorado will take on Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver on the road in the span of four days where the temperature inside the arena will be significantly warmer than outside it. When the puck drops on Thursday night against the Oilers it is expected to be nearly 70-degrees warmer actually on the ice in the arena – as it’s forecast to be a brisk -12 degrees in Edmonton.
“It’s starting to get cold and it’s going to be even colder in Western Canada,” PA Parenteau, a Hull, Quebec native, said. “It’s that time of year – Christmas is coming – the next few months are going to be very cold and it’s fun. It’s hockey time and everyone is enjoying it in the room.”
The Avalanche enters the road trip well rested as they haven’t played since Saturday – a 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota.
“Unfortunately it’s really cold up there, but it’s nice to only go there once,” Ryan O’Reilly said. “At the same time they’ve got some good talent, and we’ve got to be ready to play these guys.”
The Oilers, Flames and Canucks are – not so coincidentally – three of the coldest teams in the Western Conference and are in a battle for the worst team in the Pacific Division.