Jonathan Huberdeau

What we learned last week in the NHL

What we learned last week in the NHL

Lessons learned from the last week of play:

The bye week isn’t such a great idea

Players often say they like the rhythm of playing every other day or every few days, and there’s evidence that having too much time off could be worse than too little. Through Sunday’s games, the cumulative record of teams in their first game after the mandatory bye week was 4-12-4, a tally that was tipped dramatically last week by the Kings (regulation loss), Montreal (regulation loss), Washington (shootout loss), Chicago (regulation loss), Tampa Bay (overtime loss) and Nashville (regulation loss) before Boston beat San Jose in overtime on Sunday. The Kings are 0-3 since their...

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