The morning following the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team canceled practice to head to the airport early for a flight to New York City. The team will begin a season-long five-game road trip, which will be sandwiched into seven days, against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
With Colorado in a stretch of playing 36 games in the final 69 days of the season, rest is just as important, if not more, than as any practice time on the ice.
11:00 a.m. MT: The players, coaches and staff met at the airport and boarded their charter plane, where there was a variety of breakfast and lunch snacks for them to eat prior to take off. As many of the staff arrived, they were met by the Avs' previous night opponent, the Penguins, who were also boarding their plane en route to their next destination in Arizona.
11:49 a.m. MT: Colorado's flight takes off from the airport for the nearly three-hour trip to the New York metropolitan area. Denver was witnessing a record day temperature wise with it being well over 70 degrees outside, but it was brought in because of high winds and the Avs felt it during takeoff. It was bumpy ride going up, but once the plane got to its cruising altitude the amount turbulence was normal.
4:51 p.m. ET: The Avalanche's charter plane landed in the New York area after just 3:02 in the air. During the flight, the players had lunch and many of them played the traditional card game. Other members of the club decided to take a nap, read or watch a movie to pass the time. Once departing the plane, the team loaded up onto buses and headed to Manhattan.
5:50 p.m. ET: Roughly 40 minutes after leaving the airport, the club's buses arrived at its Manhattan hotel. The players immediately went to their rooms to drop off their belongings and then reconvened in the lobby to grab dinner and relax for the rest of the night.