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On The Road: Game Day In New Jersey

The Avs fall to the Devils

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche opens the 2017-18 season on the road in the New York Metropolitan Area, taking on the New York Rangers and then the New Jersey Devils. Colorado closes the road trip with a matinee at the Boston Bruins on Monday. is writing about the trip.

It's game day in New Jersey and the Avalanche gets ready for it second contest of the season. Colorado has a matinee in Newark against the New Jersey Devils, which will be playing their season-opening contest.

The players begin the day with a light stretch at the hotel before eating a pre-game meal, which features an assortment of breakfast and lunch entrees.

10:45 a.m.: Colorado's first team bus departs from the hotel and journeys to the rink. Most of the players take the second bus, which left 45 minutes after the first.

Once at the rink, the team goes through its usual pre-game meetings, stretches and warmup in preparation for the Devils.

2:13 p.m.: The puck drops in Jersey after player introductions for the Devils

New Jersey tallied first as Adam Henrique found the back of the net 4:04 into the contest and extended its lead to 2-0 with an early goal in the second period.

Carl Soderberg scored midway through the second stanza, but the Devils added late goals in the last two periods to earn the victory

4:37 p.m.: The final horn sounds and the Avs depart the ice with a 4-1 loss.

The team quickly gets dressed and heads to the bus for a quick flight to Boston. The bus pulls out of the Prudential Center loading dock at 5:20 p.m. and goes across town to the Newark airport. Thirty minutes later, the team's charter plane departs and makes the trip up north.

7:15 p.m.: Colorado's plane lands in Boston and the team loads up onto buses and travels to its downtown hotel.

The Avs arrive at its hotel a little after 8 p.m., where the players have the rest of the evening to grab a little dinner, rest and recover from the afternoon's game.

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