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            Nothing can replace skating

            Unable to do on-ice work, players try to find ways to stay fit

            Stephen Whyno, Associated Press

            Taking ice away from NHL players has caused some to resort to desperate measures.

            New York Islanders captain Anders Lee bought a Peloton. Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson wants a pair of roller blades. League leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of Edmonton stickhandles around his dog.

            Whatever works.

            "You're kind of going back to that 'Rocky' mentality where you're doing push-ups and sit-ups and punching the cow," Columbus forward Nick Foligno said.

            NHL players are running, biking and trying to stay in shape in case the season resumes after being put on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. While many athletes can replicate the workouts and movement of their sports — NBA players are missing the gym — hockey players have no way to truly replace skating while rinks are closed.

            "I don't think too many people have access to rinks or anything like that, and that's a huge hurdle for a player," Washington defenseman John Carlson said. "It doesn't matter how hard you train, the on-ice stuff is different and we're going to have to pick it up pretty quick when things turn around here."

            While there remains plenty of uncertainty over whether the NHL will play again this season, players are proceeding as though they will. Most haven't skated since before play stopped March 12, and self-quarantine guidelines will keep them off the ice for at least another week and likely longer.

            "There's nothing you can do that's going to mimic skating," New Jersey defenseman P.K. Subban said.

            Little things have to fill the void for now. Team trainers are sending out customized plans to players with 体彩app官方网站 gym setups. Running has replaced practicing. Biking might be the only way to simulate the high intensity of a shift — sort of.

            "That all helps and it's great, but there's absolutely nothing you can do to prepare for the ins and outs of a shift and the physicality of it," Boston defenseman Torey Krug said. "Not only are you trying to mimic the skating motion, but there's no way you can train for going into the corner with a guy who's 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and trying to out-battle him and get the puck and skate away from him."