“In the playoffs we're getting a few more days off,” Fedun said. “When you play it's more in bunches. We feel we can keep rolling and maintain our momentum.”
Opening on the road might be an advantage.
The past two months, including the playoffs, the Barons are 13-4-2 on the road.
In a best-of-five first-round series, the Barons lost Game 3 at Charlotte. With their season on the line, the Barons dominated two must-win road games 8-1 and 6-2 to advance.
In their best-of-seven series against the Stars, the Barons grinded out a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 to gain a split before returning home.
“We play a real simple game, try to get pucks in deep, finish checks and play good defense in front of Yann,” Green said. “That's worked well for us at home and on the road. We'd love to get that first one and at least get a split on the road.”
As for the rust-versus-rest discussion, most teams prefer the rest.
“You want your guys to enjoy the series win,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “We'll have a couple of practices then travel in early to get acquainted to (Grand Rapids) the city we're playing in.
“Nine days is very manageable for our group. Now if you told me that we'd be off for two weeks, that could be detrimental. That would be a lot harder to manage. The way it is we can heal up bumps and bruises which will only help us.”