Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) reacts to his goal with right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) against the Minnesota Wild in the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche likely to host outdoor game in 2015-16 season

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The NHL was just gifted perhaps the best thing it could have hoped for in broadening the appeal of their sport when the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in double sudden-death overtime in a game telecast globally on NBC.

Something else the league has already been doing though to help broaden appeal is they’ve been taking games outside during the season and holding Stadium Classic games in outdoor stadiums. Teams like the Rangers, Devils, Ducks, Blackhawks and Red Wings have played in stadiums like Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Solider Field and Michigan Stadium.

According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Avalanche won’t be playing in a Stadium Classic game this upcoming season but they’ll likely land one in the 2015-16 season.

The Avalanche’s schedule for the 2014-15 season will be released next month, but one contest Avs fans will not see listed is an outdoor game at Coors Field.

NHL sources said Denver will not get an outdoor game this coming season, despite heavy previous speculation it would. The good news: Denver is likely to get one in 2015-16, the sources said.

There are two places that the Avalanche could play and a number of teams they could end up playing. Thanks to the renewed rivalry with the Minnesota Wild, they would appear to be a favorite to land the matchup although games against the Stars, Ducks or Blackhawks are possible.

Coors Field is the likeliest place for the game to be played, with Sports Authority Field where the Denver Broncos play being a natural fit for community continuity reasons.

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