Lately, the only time the Coyotes unite on the ice is for games.

Practice has become a myth of the past when seasons extended 82 games and included regular breaks.

Morning skates, a staple of preparation, have sometimes been cancelled or labeled optional.

After four games last week, three in a span of four days, the Coyotes were given Sunday off, and that was penciled in long before Saturday’s result.

“When you’re playing four games in a week, you get a feel for your team,” coach Dave Tippett said. “It varies. There are some players that need ice time. There are some that you’re better off not having on the ice. Those are things with the way the schedule sits right now you have to gauge.”

Today will be the team’s first full practice in 10 days. After the Coyotes limped into the halfway point of the season with a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Thursday, on the heels of a 2-0 loss the night before in Anaheim, the need for practice time seemed glaring.

The mistakes in the Coyotes’ play were tactical. A refresher course could remedy that, and Tippett agreed it wouldn’t hurt.

But he held a team meeting instead of an on-ice session.

“What you would get out of practice today is not even close to the results you’d get from rest,” he said Friday.

And the decision was the right one.

The Coyotes started the season’s second half with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. More than snapping a two-game skid, it was a vintage effort — a throwback to the style that has been their breadwinner and yet lacking for far too many stretches this season.

And that change was induced by a closed-door heart-to-heart, not a 45-minute drill.

“They can’t do what you want them to do if they aren’t rested,” Tippett said.