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On The Road: Game Day In Brooklyn

The Avs play the Islanders before traveling to Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 10-day road trip that includes a week in Sweden for the SAP NHL Global Series. Colorado will play two games against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 10-11.

Before traveling to Europe, the Avs will play two weekend contests on the east coast against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders. is writing about the trip.

The morning following the Avs' win in Philadelphia, the club is greeted with a little extra sleep as Sunday is the end of daylight saving time, with everyone gaining an hour. The rest is much needed as Colorado continues its back-to-back set this evening at the New York Islanders.

The Avalanche didn't hold a morning skate at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and instead held a light stretch and workout at the club's Lower Manhattan hotel.

10:30 a.m.: The Avalanche holds an informal stretch in one of the hotel's meeting rooms. There isn't a set time for the players to be there, as they come as they please, do the work they need to do and leave. The stretch is open for an hour and a half before a team meeting.

12:00 p.m.: The Avs hold a team meeting across the hallway to discuss tonight's Islanders game and give final information about the team's trip to Sweden.

Following the meeting, the team has its pregame meal in the same room before the players go back to their respective rooms to take a quick nap and do their final packing for the trip.

2:30 p.m.: The first team bus departs from the club's Lower Manhattan hotel and heads to Barclays Center in Brooklyn

There was plenty of traffic during the bus's trip to Brooklyn, as there was construction at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to Brooklyn and the day featured the New York City Marathon, which has its route a couple blocks from the arena. In total, it took over an hour for the team to get the rink.

Colorado's second team bus departed from the hotel at 3:15 p.m. and made the same trip to Brooklyn, but experienced less congestion.

Once at the arena the bus still has to go through one more crucial step, a giant service elevator that drops all vehicles down to the event level. Once down to the bottom, the Avs finally get off the bus and head to the team's locker room to prepare for the night's game.

6:10 p.m.: The puck drops in the Avalanche's game against the New York Islanders.

8:15 p.m.: The Avalanche announces that it has completed a three-team trade with the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators that involve forward Matt Duchene. Colorado received defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round 2018 draft pick from the Nashville Predators, and forward Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a first-round selection in the 2018 draft and a third-round pick in 2019 from the Ottawa Senators.

Duchene was playing in the game but left the ice prior to the announcement during the first period.

8:15 p.m.: The final horn sounds and Colorado has its three-game winning streak snapped, falling by a 6-4 score. Rookie Alexander Kerfoot scored two late goals, but the Islanders tallied five times in the first 40 minutes to easily hold onto the lead.

Once in the locker room, the players quickly get dressed as they prepare for a seven-plus hour flight to Sweden.

9:42 p.m.: After going through security, the players get on the bus and head to the Newark airport. The team buses go right on the tarmac and pull up to the club's charter flight. The airplane is different than the Avs usually fly, as its decked out with all the comforts to make the transition to Europe as seamless as possible.

There are over 90 seats on the plane, all first-class seating-featuring chairs that go back 170 degrees.

Upon boarding at 10:20 p.m., the Avs are greeted with select snacks and appetizers before takeoff. A full dinner will be served to the team once the plane is in the air.

11:30 p.m.: After loading up all the passengers, equipment and other gear, Colorado charter flight takes off and heads northeast to Stockholm, Sweden.

The team eats their meal and then many of the players do a little reading, watch a movie or play games with their teammates before getting a little sleep. Getting some rest is key, as it will be mid-day in Sweden when the club arrives and it will help transitioning to the time change.

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