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On The Road: Game Day In Philly

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.

10:00 a.m. ET

The second bus of players leaves the hotel on a rainy day in Philly and heads toward Wells Fargo Center for morning skate practice. The first bus of players and staff left 45 minutes earlier.

So far this season, the Avs haven't had a morning skate before games if they had a full team practice the previous day. This makes today's practice a new development for this year's squad.

When arriving at the rink, the players get ready for the 11:30 a.m. ET skate; stretching, making sure equipment is good to go, cutting and taping sticks and other things part of their pregame routine.

11:30 a.m. ET

The players take the ice at Wells Fargo Center. The team skates for roughly 30 minutes and work on several different drills, with each only lasting about five minutes. After the formal practice is over, several players stay out for extra instruction with assistant coaches Tim Army and Dave Farrish before going back to the locker room and getting on the bus to the hotel.

Read more from Avs morning skate.

1:10 p.m. ET

The bus arrives back at the club's downtown hotel, and the players head to a ballroom for a pregame meal before going to their rooms where many of them will take a quick nap.

4:30 p.m. ET

The second bus leaves the hotel en route to the arena for the game. The first bus left 45 minutes earlier.

When the Avs get to the rink, they go through their final meetings and begin their pregame routine in preparation for the 7 p.m. puck drop against the Flyers.

7:10 p.m. ET

The puck drops at Wells Fargo Center.

Jarome Iginla scored in the first minute of regulation and Matt Duchene had two goals in Colorado's 4-0 victory over Philadelphia. Cody McLeod added a power-play marker in the third period, and Reto Berra made 25 saves for his third shutout in his last six starts.

Read more about the Avalanche's win.

11:08 p.m. ET

Nearly four hours after puck drop, the Avs are in the air on the team's charter flight, heading north to Boston.

11:55 p.m. ET

Colorado's flight lands in Massachusetts and the team busses to their downtown hotel to get some well-deserved rest.

While there is no game scheduled for the next day, the Avs do have an afternoon practice at Boston University.

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