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Dallas Stars Daily Links: To Rest or Not to Rest

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Let’s be honest: are we sure the Stars ever practice? Plus, the NHL’s best 3-on-3 players, the next steps towards preventing further abuse from coaches, and more.

NHL: DEC 07 Islanders at Stars Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I’m willing to bet that the Dallas Stars rank in the bottom third of the league in terms of practices held. There’s many reasons why the Stars haven’t practiced that much this season, with one of the primary culprits being long travel times:

“The travel in Dallas is interesting because you have no short trips,” [assistant coach Rick] Bowness said. “There are a lot of 2-in-the-mornings out here... And then when you’re doing that, you’re off a bit the next day. It really does take a day to recover when you’ve flown after a game and the flight was two or three hours and you get in at 2 or 3.”

Of course, resting too much can become a problem in of itself. The reason teams practice in the first place it to keep things fresh, so it’s all about finding a balance between the two:

“At times you could use repetition. At times, you could use rest,” [Tyler] Seguin said. “Rest helps, but if you miss a few practices -- say if you have a boo boo or something -- then when you get back, you actually realize you need some practices.”

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Around the League

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With all of the recent accusations against various NHL coaches, the league has a lot of work to do moving forward:

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