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More Bye Now, More Work Later

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.