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On The Road: Trip To Philadelphia

The Avs head to the east coast for two games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 10-day road trip that includes a week in Sweden for the SAP NHL Global Series. Colorado will play two games against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 10-11.

Before traveling to Europe, the Avs will play two weekend contests on the east coast against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders. is writing about the trip.

The morning following a 5-3 victory at home against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Colorado Avalanche cancels its scheduled practice and instead has the players meet at the airport for the trip to the east coast, and eventually Sweden.

The players are free to do their own day-after recovery in the morning, but many of them still show up at the club's practice facility in Centennial to get treatment or a light workout in. Their only set schedule is to make sure they're at the airport in time for the noon charter flight.

11:30 a.m.: All the players board the team's flight to Philadelphia and begin to get settled in for the three-hour flight.

Once on the plane, the Avs put in their lunch order and grab a snack before takeoff.

12:10 p.m. MT: The Avalanche's plane is wheels up in the air and heads east. The team won't return to the Rocky Mountain region until Nov. 12 following it two games in Stockholm, Sweden, for the SAP NHL Global Series.

During the flight, the players play the usual card game, watch a movie or a grab a quick nap.

5:13 p.m. ET: After a three-hour and three-minute flight, the Avs' charter plane lands in Philly. Once on the tarmac, members of the team's traveling party load up onto two buses and make their way to their downtown Philadelphia hotel.

The Avs arrive at their hotel just after 6 o'clock, where they are met with their room keys, bottles of water and select fruit. The team has the rest of the evening to relax, grab dinner and prepare for tomorrow's game against the Flyers.

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