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.
ColoradoAvalanche.com is blogging about the team's events during its two weeks away from the Mile High City.
After getting to its Washington, D.C. hotel after 1 a.m., the coaching staff gives most of the team a day off.
Only a few players skated at Verizon Center, primarily so goalies Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard can face pucks.
For everyone else on the club, they use the day do catch up on sleep and relax after playing five games of this seven-stop road trip. Some of the players explore the nation's capital city, which includes its many monuments and museums of American and World history.
The Avalanche will have a morning skate practice at Verizon Center on Saturday morning in preparation for that night's contest against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals will have their morning skate at their practice facility in Arlington, Virginia.