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Jeff Blashill Hopes The Off Day On Friday Will Help The Wings Tonight

01/15/2022 at 3:30pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

After a loss Thursday against Winnipeg in which the Wings looked a bit fatigued at times, coach Jeff Blashill decided to make Friday a complete day off.

No work on the ice or in the weight room. No meetings. No coming down to Little Caesars Arena, at all.

It was likely needed.

"Sometimes fatigue shows up in your physical play in terms of how your legs feel, and sometimes it shows up mentally," Blashill said. "The reality is we have to find ways to be better when we are potentially fatigued. We have to find ways to make sure we don't make mental mistakes in those types of situations."

During the recent West Coast trip, the Wings' game in Anaheim Jan. 6 was rescheduled to Jan. 9 because of a COVID outbreak within the Ducks.

The Wings originally had a schedule where they had days off between games. After the rescheduled game in Anaheim was put in place, the Wings have three games in four days, four games in six days and six games in 10 days after they play Monday in Buffalo.

It's a particularly rugged stretch, and one that eliminates any quality practicing, which can be an issue.

"The difficult part when you don't practice is potentially you lose your structure and some of your habits," Blashill said. "You're not able to touch on as many bases as you'd like."

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added 4:23pm, Below, watch Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce with their game day preview.

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