“Going to Sweden was a lot harder than coming back here,” said defenseman Derek Meech. “It was late then when you get there, you have to stay up. Everyone was pretty tired. I guess the key is to sleep on the plane as much as you can.”
Going to Sweden including leaving after a Sunday night preseason game and arriving in Stockholm around lunchtime the next day.
“Going there, it took a while to adjust to the time change,” said forward Justin Abdelkader. “It’s harder to sleep at night. I found myself getting up at 3 or 4 at night and being wide awake. You could feel it the first couple of days you were there.”
Three days after returning from Europe, however, the Red Wings were practicing at Joe Louis Arena showing no ill effects of the trip.
"I thought it would be a lot worse than it has been,” said Leino. “I feel pretty good right now.”