Ill-timed yes, two breaks so close together (except for T.Hall); And because I hate going 2 or more days without Devils hockey. And I get the concept of having a break, but it does just compress the schedule for the remaining games. I guess we'll see if the players like/dislike it the next time they collectively bargain.
I also hate that it's called a bye week, and Hasan mentioned the reference to the NFL. Not sure if that's where the NHL got it from, but if they did, then it's especially stupid, the NFL uses the term incorrectly too. A Bye refers to skipping a round in a playoff format, like the top 4 in the NFL do each playoff season. Or in some of NJ high school sports, where the top teams sit out a round. It's not a bye at all, but rather an off week in football and a 5-day 'break' in hockey.
I too will be out extra early Sunday for Bobblehead giveaway, gotta be there before they run out. It is too bad we have a top opponent to play too. I was hoping they'd smoke Buffalo & Boston on this road trip, but the more they lose, the more they'll be itching for a win. So I hope they cream the Flyers on Sat.