Practice time is a precious commodity during the season, and Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t going to squander the extra day.
“The flip side of that is we’re going to pay the bill for this at a later point with them jamming our schedule with some of the makeup games,” he said. “We know that.”
The Knights were supposed to be in San Jose, California, on Thursday renewing their rivalry with the Sharks. Those plans were scrapped the day before when the NHL postponed the game after forward Tomas Hertl entered NHL COVID protocol.
While the circumstances aren’t ideal, the Knights (11-4-1, 23 points) will have three straight days of practice leading into Saturday’s game at Anaheim. They spent a good chuck of their time Thursday working on the details of their neutral-zone forecheck.
“I loved our game in Colorado. When you play a game like that, you want to get out there and play again as quickly as possible and keep building on that feeling and that game,” DeBoer said. “I think our pause happened the last time — we were talking about this — I felt we were really starting to play well and we paused the last time for COVID, again, lost a little momentum.
“The goal here through practice the next couple of days is to get some stuff done to tighten our game up but also to try to keep the momentum.”