Three games in three days. It's prohibited by NHL bylaws. In the American Hockey League, 3-in-3's are becoming less prevalent, but a few times each season they're on every team's schedule.
The Oklahoma City Barons open a six-game road trip Friday night in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center. The following day, they bus to Chicago, where they'll play the Wolves Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
That's three games in roughly 70 hours.
“You have to use the down time between games to refuel and replenish your energy stores as best you can,” said Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun. “My first time, we played two home games, then bused to San Antonio for an afternoon game.
“It was a rude awakening for me. The coaches will probably tell you it was the worst game I played last year. It's something I've learned from, something I'll try to educate our young guys on how to rehydrate and take care of your body.”
The Barons have back-to-back 3-in-3's. Next week, Oklahoma City plays Thursday night in Milwaukee and Friday and Saturday in Rockford, Ill.
“It's a grind on Sunday. You have to keep the game simple,” Fedun said. “At the same time, like every game, you have to work hard. You know you'll have a week to recover before you turn around and do it again.”
Four years ago, the Barons' debut season, OKC played 3-in-3's on 13 different weekends due to an 80-game schedule in one less week. Nearly half the schedule was 3-in-3's.