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On The Road: Off To Philladelphia

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.

9:15 a.m. MT

After having an off day on Sunday, the Avs reconvened at Family Sports Center for an hour-long practice before heading to the airport and beginning their season-long road trip.

It was the first practice for Norwegian forward Andreas Martinsen , who was recalled from San Antonio on Sunday to replace the injured Alex Tanguay in the lineup. Tanguay hurt his knee in Colorado's last game on Friday against the New York Rangers.

Another Colorado player absent from the ice was forward Blake Comeau . He was back in Kelowna, British Columbia, with his family after his wife's father passed way. He will meet the team in Philadelphia later in the day.

Read more about the day's practice.

12:10 p.m. MT

Colorado's charter plane is wheels up and begins its voyage across the country to Philadelphia. This is the second time in three weeks that the Avs have traveled to the East Coat. They had a three-game trip in Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina on Oct. 27-30.

5:15 p.m. ET

The team's flight lands in cloudy Philadelphia and the players, coaches and support staff load up on busses and head to their downtown hotel. The players and coaches then disperse and grab dinner on their own before getting some shuteye for the contest against the Flyers the next day.

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