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On The Road: Practice In Pittsburgh

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.

The Avalanche's team bus heads out from its downtown hotel and makes the short trip to the Consol Energy Center for an afternoon practice. The second bus carrying players leaves 30 minutes later.

The team arrived at the hotel after 1 a.m. following its game in Toronto earlier that night. The club had to go through U.S. customs and immigration before leaving Canada.

1:00 p.m.

Colorado goes through a 45-minute practice at the home rink of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov (groin injury) participated in his second full team practice after suffering a groin injury on Nov. 10 in Philadelphia. John Mitchell, who re-injured his oblique in Montreal last Saturday and missed Tuesday's game against Toronto, skated for a bit before practice but did not take part in the formal team session.

There were some slight changes to the forward lines during practice as head coach Patrick Roy returned Gabriel Landeskog to his original spot on the top group with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene . Mikhail Grigorenko , who had replaced Landeskog on the combo while the Colorado captain was serving a two-game suspension, was moved to the third line.

Read more about the day's practice.

2:47 p.m.

Colorado's bus departs from the rink and travels to the hotel carrying most of the club. After dropping off part of the team at the hotel, the bus returns to the arena to pick up any straggling players and staff.

The squad has the remainder of the evening off to rest up for tomorrow's game against the Penguins. For defenseman Nate Guenin, it's a chance to come home and see family and friends. Guenin is from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, roughly 20 minutes northwest of downtown Pittsburgh.

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