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Avalanche’s long road trip provides test, fun

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post

It will be the longest road trip in Avalanche history, a seven-game, 13-day journey that will take it to the Music City, the Motor City, the city where hockey was born and five of the NHL’s Original Six.

For the fourth-youngest team in the NHL, it’s a “throw ’em in the deep end of the pool, see if they sink or swim” moment.

Avs coach Joe Sacco doesn’t want that kind of pressure applied to the trip, noting that 72 games will remain when it’s over.

But the Avs aren’t denying this is an important, potentially perilous trip. The way to deal with it, goalie Craig Anderson said, is to have some fun.

“I think this kind of trip is coming at a good time of the season, really early. It’ll give us a chance to bond as a team early on,” said Anderson, who practiced Wednesday and felt no aftereffects from a slight groin pull the day before. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, or worry about how many days we’re going to be on the road.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_13510580

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