from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“It’s definitely different,” forward Robby Fabbri said. “It takes me back to junior (hockey) days when you play in the afternoons. It’s like any other game, you get used to it and get adjusted to the time.
“You go through the same routine — just earlier in the day.”
A big consideration for an abnormal game-start switch, such as Monday’s game, is the pre-game meal — and what and when to eat.
Hockey players, generally, will have a meal high in carbohydrates and protein some 2-3 hours before a game.
But pasta and salmon may not go down easily at 8 or 9 a.m.
“There’s obviously things game-wise that are different, (but) I would say in terms of body clock, this (noon) is the time we practice every day, and they’ve been doing it for months, so I don’t think it’s a huge adjustment,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Both teams are in the same boat. They (Blue Jackets) have a little more travel involved (coming in from Nashville).