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On The Road: Practice At Boston University

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.

11:30 a.m.

After getting to the team's hotel after midnight, the club pushes practice back an hour to give the players a little extra sleep. At 11:30, the entire team loads up on a bus for the 15-minute trip to Boston University for practice at Agganis Arena.

At the rink, BU head coach David Quinn and assistant coach Scott Young meet the club. Quinn was the head coach for the Avs' former AHL affiliate in Lake Erie for three years (2009-12) and was an assistant coach on the team during the 2012-13 campaign. Young is a former Avalanche player, having donned the franchise's colors from 1992 to 1997 with Quebec and Colorado.

1:00 p.m.

The Avs go through a 35-minute practice in preparation for Thursday's game against the Bruins. The story out of practice was that goalie Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury in the previous day's morning skate and that the club was going to recall Calvin Pickard from San Antonio as a reinforcement.

Reto Berra was also officially named as the Avs' starting netminder for the contest versus the B's.

Read more about the Colorado's goaltender situation.

2:40 p.m.

The team heads back to the hotel, where the players disperse for dinner before having the rest of the evening off

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