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On The Road: Game Day In D.C.

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 15-day, seven-game road trip out east, tied for the longest such roadie for the club since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. Colorado's last seven-game trip was Oct. 8-21, 2009. is blogging about the team's events during its two weeks away from the Mile High City.

9:45 a.m. ET

The Avalanche's second bus departs from the team hotel and makes the 15-minute trip through downtown to Verizon Center for morning skate. The first bus left 45 minutes earlier.

Since Colorado didn't hold a team practice the previous day, the players and staff take full advantage of their time at the rink, watching video and having work done in the training room before hitting the ice.

11:30 a.m. ET

Colorado's morning skate begins on the home ice of Washington, with the formal session lasting 30 minutes. The only players not to take part in the practice were forwards John Mitchell and Jarome Iginla . Mitchell, who is listed as day-to-day, is recovering from an oblique injury while Iginla had a maintenance morning away from the ice and will play in tonight's game.

After practice, head coach Patrick Roy said goalie Semyon Varlamov is close to returning from a groin injury and could be available for the club in Winnipeg on Monday. Varlamov, who was placed on injured reserve on Sunday to make room for newcomer Chris Wagner, hurt his groin during the morning skate before the Nov. 10 game against the Flyers and has missed the past four outings.

Reto Berra will start in net while Nate Guenin will be the team's lone healthy scratch.

Read more about the Avs morning skate.

12:33 p.m. ET

Colorado's team bus full of players and coaches leaves the rink and heads back to the hotel.

Once at the hotel, the players grab some food and take a pregame nap before going back to the arena.

4:33 p.m. ET

The second bus carrying most of the team leaves the hotel and makes the 15-minute trip to Verizon Center in Washington's Chinatown district. The first bus left 45 minutes earlier.

When the players arrive at the arena, they go through final meetings and begin their off-ice warmup, which includes stretching and a little soccer before going out on the ice.

7:07 p.m. ET

The puck drops at Verizon Center for the Saturday night game between the Avs and the Caps.

Washington jumped out to a four-goal first period lead and Colorado could never recover in the game. The Avs did get the score to 4-2 for start of the third period, but the Capitals added three more in the final stanza to seal a 7-3 victory.

Nathan MacKinnon, Cody McLeod and Andreas Martinsen tallied for the Avalanche, with Martinsen's goal being the first of his NHL career. Martinsen becomes just the fifth Norwegian-born player to score in the NHL.

Read more about Martinsen's achievement.

10:27 p.m. ET

Colorado's team buses leave Verizon Center and heads to the airport for the team's flight to Canada.

11:42 p.m. ET

The Avs' flight takes off from a D.C. area airport and makes the roughly two-hour and 30-minute trip up to Winnipeg.

1:26 a.m. CT

The team's airplane lands in cold Winnipeg where there is snow on the ground and the air temperature is 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the players and staff go through Canadian customs, the team loads up into buses and treks to its downtown hotel. They arrive at the hotel after 2 a.m. and go to their rooms for the rest of the evening.

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