Casey Mittelstadt is keeping a diary through the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm. The Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning play at Ericsson Globe on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV) and Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV).
In his second entry, the Sabres forward writes about the food that Sweden-born teammate Rasmus Dahlin just had to have, what he did on his day off Tuesday, and how he and his teammates are adjusting to traveling overseas.
After we landed Monday morning, we practiced in the afternoon. And out of all the places in Stockholm, where did Rasmus Dahlin want to go to eat?
So, a group of us went with him, including Victor Olofsson, Jeff Skinner and Conor Sheary. I didn't know what it was walking in. I got there and realized it was a nice fast-food place. I had a burger and fries.
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Honestly, it was pretty good, a little less greasy, a little more fresh than typical American fast food. It's still a fast-food feeling, but it's not a bad thing once in a while, especially when you've got a little time before you've got to play again.
After that, we just walked around the city. We just kept popping in and out of places. Then we met up with pretty much the rest of the team. All of us were just trying to stay awake so that we would sleep through the night.
I slept great Monday night. It was probably the best I've slept in a long time. In the morning, I was absolutely dead, though. It was tough.
Tuesday was our day off. Jimmy Vesey and I went to get some coffee. After that, I met up Skinner and Sheary, and we went over to NK Stockholm, a shopping mall near the hotel.
We saw a lot of the whole city, just walking around, popping into different places, trying to stay awake. I think everyone was super tired yesterday. We ended up playing cards for pretty much the whole day.
It's crazy how fast it gets dark too. The sun set before 4 p.m. We had a team dinner at an Italian restaurant called L'Avventura. It was a good spot.
This is my first time in Sweden. The thing that stands out the most to me is, it's so clean everywhere. It's crazy how clean the streets are. It's, like, busy but quiet at the same time, if that makes any sense. It's been great.
It's been fun to be around the Swedish guys too. They're having the time of their lives right now.
I haven't really seen Rasmus much. We're roommates on the road, and normally I hang out with him all the time. But we all got our own room for this trip, and he's got family and his girlfriend here, so he's catching up with all of them.
I get enough of him at home, anyway. Just kidding. It would be fun to be around him more right now. I'd probably have some better stories, because he's running around going crazy.