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On The Road: Practice At Air Canada Centre

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.

11:00 a.m.

After having Sunday off, the team reconvenes at Air Canada Centre for a practice in preparation for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The first bus leaves the hotel at 11:00 a.m. and takes the short trip to the arena. The second bus leaves 30 minutes afterward.

1:00 p.m.

The Avalanche begins practice on the home ice of the Maple Leafs and starts with a scramble for the puck game in which everyone chases down the puck and tries to score while using their non-dominant hand on their stick-so lefties become righties and righties become lefties.

Colorado's 45-minute practice session then turns to more specific drills, with the players looking loose but focused on the ice.

It was the first practice for newcomer Chris Wagner, who joined the Avalanche from the Anaheim Ducks on waivers on Sunday. He arrived in Toronto from California earlier in the morning.

The only two players not to practice were Semyon Varlamov (groin) and John Mitchell (oblique). Varlamov was placed on Injured Reserve on Sunday (retroactive to Nov. 10) while Mitchell is listed as day-to-day and is questionable for Tuesday game.

If Mitchell can't play, then Wagner will take over the third-line center role.

Read more about the day's practice.

2:45 p.m.

The bus departs Air Canada Centre and heads back to the hotel. Some players elect to walk back due to the hotel's close proximity to the rink.

The players have the rest of the day off to enjoy the city and rest up for tomorrow's game.

Tyson Barrie and several other players used their afternoon to go to Toronto's Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and played wheelchair hockey with the children.

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