The Dallas Stars returned to practice on Tuesday after getting Sunday and Monday off, and the rest was much needed.
Leading up to that break, the Stars played nine games in a span of 15 days, finishing the stretch 3-4-2, and dropping four of their last five. Considering they play a very high-energy brand of hockey that requires fresh legs and sharp minds, the collective exhaustion and the poor showing toward the end of that busy stretch went hand in hand.
"We're a team that plays with high energy, and we skate and we try to grind teams down," said center Jason Spezza, per the Dallas Morning News. "We haven't had it the last week or so, and it's showing up in our play."
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At 29-11-4, the Stars are still atop the Western Conference’s Central Division as they gear up for a west coast swing, starting with a matchup with the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday. Hopefully, those two days off will go a long way in rejuvenating a team that looked a little tired the last time we saw them.
"We need it. We need some time away and some time to rest," Spezza said. "I think it's a good time for us. We've lost some games here. We had a bad five-game set. We're all not happy about how we're playing. We need to get some practices in and just kind of get our game back."