This is by far the most important thing to do over the next several days before going into Columbus. This team has had three losses in the last four games. Ugly losses. While the Columbus game was a one goal game, the go ahead goal that was surrendered when Brock McGinn turned over the puck makes it an ugly loss.
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There was a Hattrick against them in the first period against San Jose. Petr Mrazek got pulled against the ducks. These are not things you can easily brush off. This team is going to need a serious mental reset. Go into the next game knowing that they can course correct and take back the NHL lead. That they are much, much, much better than a 6-3 record.
Honestly if they do NOTHING else, they need to do this. This alone can probably give this team the rejuvenation to take on a relatively easy schedule coming up. Seriously, until they play against Buffalo on the 15th, they do not have a matchup against a team that is currently above 0.500 in points. We could be looking at yet another dashing winning streak that could pole vault this team back to the top where they belong.
Until then they need to take advantage of the extra rest and fix what needs to get fixed while getting the fresh start they need both physically and mentally.
Question for CC Readers: How do you feel about this abnormally large gap in the schedule?