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On The Road: Game Day In Brooklyn

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche is on a the road again, this time for a four-game road trip. is blogging about the team's events during the time away from the Mile High City.

10 a.m. ET

The bus left the team hotel promptly at 9:30 a.m. ET, and players, coaches and staff arrive at Barclays Center at exactly 10 a.m. Traffic, infamous in the boroughs of New York, was marginal and the ride offered a glimpse at both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

After a security check, the bus pulls onto an elevator and is then lowered into the belly of the arena. The vehicle then exits the lift and pulls onto a rotating floor before everyone disembarks. As space is limited, the floor is a giant metal disc that spins like a wheel to allow the bus to depart when ready, without having to attempt a 50-point turn, after practice has concluded.

Forward John Mitchell , currently sidelined with an oblique injury, remarks that the device is something straight out of Batman's lair, the Bat Cave. He's not wrong.

Moments after arriving at the dressing rooms, the home-team New York Islanders take the ice at their new arena to begin their morning skate routine. Avs players are stretching, warming up, readying their gear and generally preparing for their own turn on the ice around 11:30 a.m.

As there was no practice on Sunday, the squad will take the ice prior to the returning for the game later in the day.

12:45 p.m. ET

The morning skate is over and all of the media responsibilities have been fulfilled. The bus is full and everyone heads out of Barclays Center and back to the hotel for lunch.

Matt Duchene missed the on-ice session with an illness from the night before, but Avs head coach Patrick Roy says that he'll play tonight.

The bus ride back to Manhattan provides another chance to take in the New York cityscape, all of the history in the buildings on full display out the windows. Many are of brick and stone and likely have numerous fascinating stories held in every nook and crevice. One such structure, although not old, is One World Trade Center-otherwise known as the Freedom Tower.

Obviously, there's a legacy behind the construction of the smooth, elegant skyscraper, which sits at the helm of the National September 11 Memorial. One of the most prominent features of the memorial is the two pools constructed in the footprint of the original towers.

Upon arriving at the hotel, the players, coaches and staff head to a lunch banquet for nourishment. The midday meal comes before the pregame nap, which most head off to do after eating.

Read the pregame story here.

6:29 p.m. ET

It's time for warmup at the arena. Just as in the morning, the bus-or in this case buses-shuttled everyone back to the rink. Arrival was roughly 5 p.m., giving the players ample time to go through their pregame workouts and rituals before hitting the ice to get a feel for everything prior to puck drop.

The crowd descends to the lower bowl to watch their favorite players prepare, a smattering of Avs fans among them.

The usual drills and scenarios are run and plenty of rubber is flung at the net as Colorado readies for it's 14th road game of the season.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:08 p.m.

10:30 p.m. ET

The game ended with a 5-3 loss for the Avs. After media availability, showering, dressing and catching a meal, the buses have been loaded and they are exiting Barclays Center. Up next is a 45-60 minute drive to New Jersey, featuring a trip across the Manhattan Bridge and one tunnel adventure.

The Avs will settle in at the team hotel to rest up for Tuesday's match. Odds are, since it is the second game of a back-to-back set, there will be no morning skate.

Read more about the game versus the Islanders here.


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