NHL: Is Time Off in the Playoffs Good or Bad?
The second round of the playoffs begins tonight. Some teams have had long layoffs because they got their first-round series in a breeze. The two teams, in particular, are the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Islanders swept the Pittsburg Penguins. The Blue Jackets swept the best team in the NHL the Tampa Bay Lightning. The question is will the long wait make a difference? Both of their second-round opponents both had 7-game series.
At this time of the year when a team can get a break, it is a good and bad thing. It’s good because the team gets to rest and injured players time to recoup. A hockey player body takes a beating throughout the 82 game season. Now, these two teams have now played 86 games. They didn’t look like they missed a beat from the regular season. The rest will help them as they look at teams who had to go the distance in their respected series.
The bad thing is what they call rust. When players aren’t in live action they could come out slow. Both of these teams have practiced and were preparing for whoever their next opponent was going to be. Many will say that the teams that they are playing next will have an advantage because they been playing live games. Hopefully, the Islanders and Blue Jackets are able to overcome the rust of not playing live games. We will have to wait and see.
In the end, I believe it comes down to the team. In fact, some teams can overcome rust and embrace rest. Most players will probably be on the ladder when it comes to this issue. Although, the Hurricanes and Bruins had to go through a 7-game series and might be banged up as well. This is a small advantage that the Islanders and Blue Jackets have. Either way round 1 was exciting now it’s time for round 2.
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