The Avs had a pre-scheduled off day on Sunday, so the coaches took advantage of the time they had with the players in preparing for tonight's game against the Jets. The team practices for roughly 30 minutes on the ice before going over video with the coaches.
The Avalanche's second bus departs from the team hotel and makes the 15-minute trip through downtown to Verizon Center for morning skate. The first bus left 45 minutes earlier.
Since Colorado didn't hold a team practice the previous day, the players and staff take full advantage of their time at the rink, watching video and having work done in the training room before hitting the ice.
Colorado's morning skate begins on the home ice of Washington, with the formal session lasting 30 minutes. The only players not to take part in the practice were forwards John Mitchell and Jarome Iginla. Mitchell, who is listed as day-to-day, is recovering from an oblique injury while Iginla had a maintenance morning away from the ice and will play in tonight's game.
The Avalanche's first bus departs the downtown hotel and heads toward the rink for morning skate. Traffic is light and it only takes a few minutes for the bus to make its way to the arena. The second bus left 30 minutes after.
After the Pittsburgh Penguins conclude their morning skate, the Avs begin their practice. Colorado's session lasts about 25 minutes and other than injured John Mitchell, the entire present team skated. Mitchell is recovering from an oblique injury and took to the ice after the team's formal practice ended.
PITTSBURGH—After returning to the United States from Toronto the night before, the Colorado Avalanche held a 45-minute practice Wednesday at Consol Energy Center, the home arena of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov participated in his second full-team practice and continues to make progress in his recovery from a groin injury. He took part in the club's morning skate on Tuesday in Toronto and has been out of the Avs' lineup since suffering the injury on Nov. 10 during the team's pregame skate in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
Once at the rink, the players tape their sticks, go through meetings and stretch in preparation for the day's pregame skate.
The Avs have now held a morning skate for three of the first four games on the road trip and have gone to the rink at all four stops. The club only held meetings at the rink last Thursday in Boston.
The first bus leaves the hotel at 11:00 a.m. and takes the short trip to the arena. The second bus leaves 30 minutes afterward.
The Avalanche begins practice at 1 p.m. on the home ice of the Maple Leafs and starts with a scramble for the puck game in which everyone chases down the puck and tries to score while using their non-dominant hand on their stick—so lefties become righties and righties become lefties.
TORONTO—There were a lot of smiles on the faces of Colorado Avalanche players at practice on Monday at Air Canada Centre.
The Avs have won three in a row and are playing with a lot of confidence, scoring at a 4.33 rate while only allowing 1.33 goals through the first three contests of a seven-game trip. The team won 6-1 on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, the best team in the league.
Still, the Colorado players know there is a lot of work to be done as the team remains below .500 with a 7-9-1 record and next faces a Toronto Maple Leafs squad that has gone 3-1-0 in their last four games.