Coming off their five-day bye, the Capitals planned to fly to Newark to practice at Prudential Center the day before their game against the Devils.
You know what they say about best-laid plans, because of weather delays in other cities, they were unable to find a pilot to fly their charter from Washington, DC to Newark in time to hit the ice. Because of the NHLPA‘s agreement with the league, teams can travel before 4 p.m, but not practice.
So, the Caps will have had plenty of rest before their game Thursday night at the Rock. Capital’s Head Coach Barry Trotz said he prefers to call it, “Resty, not Rusty. The first thing to go is your hands and the lungs.”
So he tried to give them some of that at the morning skate – a taste of the practice they missed … instead of what they’d normally do a few hours before a game. We hear a lot about rest versus rust when they get to the MLB playoffs and even the NFL playoffs – where teams have postseason byes. It’s hard to imagine an NHL team getting a bye into the next round.
And, just as hard to imagine a one-game playoff to send one team into the next round, and another team home for the summer.
That’s why the Stanley Cup is still the hardest trophy to win in sports.
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