from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
With their bye week tacked on to the end of the All-Star break, the Wings don’t gather for practice again until Thursday, when they’ll hit the ice at Madison Square Garden.
This is the second year the NHL has attached the bye week to the All-Star break — one half going before the break, the other half afterward.
Before, the bye would be at different parts of the schedule....
But don’t count coach Jeff Blashill as a huge fan of the extended bye week.
The way the schedule is devised these days, because of the bye week, there’s precious little time for quality practices and travel is much more intense.
“The season has been so condensed,” Blashill said. “You get no practice time and play every other day. The travel is crazy, you go back and forth and back and forth, especially in the East.”
Blashill would rather have the bye week days sprinkled in during the regular season, to alleviate the logjams that were prevalent in November’s schedule, and upcoming in February.