SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The decision to head to California a day earlier was an easy one. Not only is the weather better, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wanted his team acclimated to the time change and rested.
The San Jose Sharks, despite being their hosts Saturday, may have some jet lag to overcome.
The Sharks are coming off a five-game trip in the Eastern time zone. The Sharks had to make a cross-country flight after their 6-3 loss to the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday night. There was even a fuel stop in Kansas.
The Hawks, on the other hand, flew in Thursday afternoon and had a late practice Friday at the Sharks' practice rink.
"[Thursday] it seemed like it [took] forever getting here," Quenneville said. "It was a long flight. You get here. You get organized. You get the time zone [change] in there and hopefully get a good night's rest."
The Sharks went 3-2 on their trip, which included impressive wins over the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Ex-Hawk Antti Niemi started four of the games, going 2-2.