SUNRISE, Fla.--Hot off the big 4-0 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche packed up and shipped out, flying to Ft. Lauderdale immediately after the game.
The flight was a nice 40-minute trip, allowing the Avs the benefit of some extended rest thanks to a somewhat early arrival time. With practice on the agenda, shuteye is exactly what the boys were looking for.
Friday morning offered a chance to get up late and get some food in before heading to the rink for a 2 p.m. practice. There's roughly a 40-minute journey via bus to get to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, given its proximity to hotels, so every trip to the facility requires an early departure time.
Once there, head coach Jared Bednar's on-ice session was quick and to the point. He wanted the squad to get on the pond, get loose and have a little fun ahead of Saturday's contest at the Florida Panthers. He demanded attention to detail for Thursday's game and is looking to have the same in Saturday's contest.
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The players were jovial and full on enthusiasm after their performance on Thursday and it showed. Road trips often help galvanize a bond between players, and this trip coming this early in the 2016-17 season has done just that.
After the skate, everyone quickly changed and got back on the bus for the long ride back to home base. Once they returned to Ft. Lauderdale, it was time to head out to dinner before a good night's sleep.