Thursday’s playoff contest will be the eighth in 16 days for the Ducks, who have gone consecutive days without a game just once in the last two weeks.
Add in flights that covered three time zones between those games and the postseason has become a grind for the Pacific Division champs.
“Yeah, it’s hard,” said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, whose team trails the Nashville Predators 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. “So you have to manage yourself. You have to do things in terms of recovery and rest that give you the best chance.
“These are the moments you hope the summer [workouts] pay off and your nutrition and the things you do...