DRW.com practice notebook: Rest and recuperation essential

DetroitRedWings.com’s Jonathan Mills filed a multifaceted notebook article this afternoon, and he notes that the Red Wings’ ability to rest and recuperate after playing that nasty stretch of 11 games in 18 nights should help the team moving forward:

A three-day lull, regardless of the purpose, can be a beneficial break for the players on an NHL roster.

At the quarter-mark of the season, the Red Wings have played 20 games in 38 days, one of just three NHL teams to do so. Just last week, Detroit played four games in four different cities, a stretch that severely limited the team’s time to practice and recover.

“We’ve played a lot of games in a short period of time here,” center Robby Fabbri said. “So, these last couple of days have been good for everyone just to step away for a bit and to get the rest we needed and come back refreshed.”

Fabbri knows there is work to be done. Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes extended the Red Wings’ losing streak to four games. After the team’s strong start to the 2021-22 campaign, Fabbri said having some breathing room before Wednesday will prove beneficial.

“It allows us to sharpen up what we need to sharpen up,” Fabbri said. “You know, get back to the basics and get back to the way we were playing in the first 10 games. We’re going to do that through practice, and it’s nice that we have some time here.”


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