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On The Road: Practice In Boston

A homecoming for two Avs at Boston University

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche opens the 2017-18 season on the road in the New York Metropolitan Area, taking on the New York Rangers and then the New Jersey Devils. Colorado closes the road trip with a matinee at the Boston Bruins on Monday.

ColoradoAvalanche.com is writing about the trip.

10:45 a.m.: The Avalanche's charter bus departs from the team hotel and makes its way through the city toward Boston University for practice. The Avs will be skating today at Agganis Arena, home of the BU Terriers hockey team.

It's a homecoming for two players as forwards Matt Nieto and Colin Wilson both played college hockey for the Terriers before turning pro.

11:03 a.m.: The bus arrives at Agganis Arena's loading dock and the players make their way to the BU men's hockey team's locker room where they'll prepare for the day's practice.

The players have a short video meeting with the coaches soon after arriving and then get ready for practice.

12:40 p.m.: Colorado's team session begins on BU's rink. It is the team's only opportunity to get an on-ice practice in before Monday's matinee against the Boston Bruins.

1:25 p.m.: Some of the players start heading off the ice after a long practice, which was focused on the team's breakouts and penalty kill. Most of the veterans don't hang around too long after the formal team session. Many of the younger players are some of the last ones to leave the rink, as they once again were beckoned to come off if they wanted to catch the bus.

2:22 p.m.: After showering, going through their post-practice routine and grabbing a quick snack--Boston sandwiches and soup--the players get on the bus and head back to the hotel.

Colorado's charter bus maneuvers its way through the city, passing by Fenway Park, where the Red Sox were taking on the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

2:40 p.m.: The Avs arrive back at its hotel in downtown Boston, where they'll have the rest of the day to relax. Many of the players go to get a more formal lunch, while other return to their rooms for a quick nap.

The Avalanche has its second of consecutive afternoon contests set for Monday, as it takes on the Bruins in a 1 p.m. MT start.

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