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On The Road: Practice In New Jersey

Colorado prepares for the Devils

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.

12:00 p.m.: The Avalanche had a practice scheduled in New Jersey the afternoon after playing the New York Rangers across the Hudson River in Manhattan. The team bus departed the hotel at noon sharp and made the 25-minute trip to Prudential Center

12:25 p.m.: The Avs arrive at the New Jersey Devils' home arena and are immediate greeted by a familiar face in teammate Anton Lindholm. The defenseman was officially recalled by the club on Friday and arrived at the rink the same time as the bus.

Colorado's players go through their typical practice day routine, which includes stretching, working on their sticks and playing soccer. The Avs also have a video session with the coaches to go over what the team did good and bad versus the Rangers.

2:30 p.m.: All 23 players hit the ice at the Devils' practice rink, which is also housed at Prudential Center. It's a long walk from the visitor's locker room to the practice ice, as its located on the other side of the arena.

Colorado's practice officially lasts for 30 minutes and players slowly trickle off the ice following the team session.

Some of the players stay out for nearly 30 more minutes, working on their game before being told to hurry up or they'll miss the bus.

3:52 p.m.: The Avalanche's charter bus departs Newark and journeys back to the team hotel. All 23 Avs were accounted for, with the few straggling players that stayed on the ice the last ones to board after quickly showering and getting dressed.

4:15 p.m.: The Avalanche arrives back at its hotel, where the team will have the rest of the day to relax and get focused for the Saturday afternoon contest versus the Devils.

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