PITTSBURGH -- These off days give you a lot of time to think.
The Stars have decided that in an attempt to increase their energy levels this year, they are going to get out on the ice and skate a little less. It's particularly important right now, as the team is playing its first 10 games in 17 days. It's the most condensed schedule to start this NHL season, and they also have a flight between nine of the 10 games.
Yes, they get to fly in comfort and stay in fine hotels, but they still are getting in at 2 a.m. most mornings after a game. And there are physical and mental challenges that go with that, particularly when you are losing. So, they're trying to use logic and research to make good decisions.
On paper, it makes sense.
Just like on paper, this team can make sense.