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On The Road: Game Day In Philadelphia

The Avalanche begins its road trip against the Flyers

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche had a normal game day morning on Tuesday, or at least it new normal, as it did its final preparations for the contest against the Philadelphia Flyers at the hotel instead of the arena.

Colorado still had some players go to the Wells Fargo Center and skate, but most of the club stayed at the hotel and took part in an optional stretch. Both goaltenders and the scratches for the game were the members of the squad that went to the rink and did drills with assistant coaches Tim Army and Dave Farrish.

Back at the hotel, the optional stretch began at 10:30 a.m., with the room open for one hour. Most of the players trickled in for the latter half of the session, where they foam rolled, stretched and got loose with a small game of two-touch soccer. Most of the time the players have plenty of room to play the daily soccer game, but today they had to make due in the tight confines of the hotel's hallway.

After the session, the players had a 20-minute meeting with the coaching staff to go over the team's game plan versus the Flyers. The players then went to a nearby ballroom for a pregame meal at 12:30 p.m. before heading up to their hotel rooms for a short nap.

There were two buses for the players to get to Wells Fargo Center for the evening's game. The first was at 3:30 p.m., while the second left an hour later. It took the bus 20 minutes to pull into the loading dock at the home rink of the Flyers.

Once at the rink, the players went through meetings, stretched, got their equipment in order and warmed up for the game. Colorado used the same lineup as it had in Saturday's win against the Buffalo Sabres. Goaltender Jeremy Smith made his second consecutive start, while Cody Goloubef and Carl Soderberg were the scratches.

The Avalanche did not have a good start to the first contest of the three-game road trip, as the Flyers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 10:35.

Colorado ended up outshooting Philadelphia 32-26 in the outing but lost by a score of 4-0.

At 10:18 p.m., just 44 minutes after the game ended, the team's buses pulled out of the arena's loading dock and made the short trip to the airport. It was only an eight-minute ride from the rink to the plane.

After getting situated on the charter flight, the Avs departed Philadelphia at 11:04 p.m. and headed north to Canada's capital city on a one-hour and eight-minute trip.

The Avs' plane landed in Ottawa at 12:12 a.m., and the squad gathered its belongings and loaded onto charter buses destined for the hotel. It was a 15-minute ride to the team's downtown hotel, where the players quickly went to their room to get some sleep and rest up for Wednesday's practice.

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