-- Coming off an opening-night loss at home, the Colorado Avalanche
have the daunting task of hitting the road for five games in an eight-day span. Overall, the Avs will play seven of the next eight games on the road, where last season they posted a 14-23-4 record, tied for 28th in the NHL.
Could it be make-or-break time for the league's second-youngest team already?
Not according to Avalanche coach Joe Sacco, whose club opens its five-game excursion with a Monday matinee against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins
The Avalanche will also visit Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto before its next home game, Oct. 20 against Chicago.
"We still have 76 games when we get back," Sacco said after practice Sunday. "We have a lot of hockey when we get back. I look at it as an opportunity for the guys to bond, to form some good team chemistry, because that's what you do on the road. You spend a lot of time together. You're with your roommate and your teammates almost 24-7. We need to use those games and those days as a time for our team to get some closeness, to get tight together.