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#1 PASabreFan

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:18 AM

The numbers don't support my feeling of home ice dread for a deciding seventh game. According to Wikipedia, there have been 171 Game 7s since the advent of the best of seven series in 1939, and the home team has won 100 times.

 

As for the Sabres, oh mama, they are 0-5 on the road in Game 7 (and 1-1 at home).

 

Still, the feeling persists.

 

What do you think?



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

Where does that feeling persist?  I've never heard of this "home ice dread" you speak of.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:21 AM

Is there anymore stressful, yet exciting game than game 7?  I have never been to a playoff game live, let alone a game 7, but heck yeah I would love it.

 

Game 7, 2020 Cup Finals in Buffalo against the Oilers.  Where do I sign up?



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:22 AM

Hoping the Sabres make it to a game 7. That means they are in the playoffs. I’ll worry about game 7 dread when they can show they can make it there.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:31 AM

I'd be interested in seeing whether the winner of game 6 (won an elimination game to stay alive) impacts the probability of winning game 7.  Though, I would likely control for home ice, as well.

 



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

I'd be interested in seeing whether the winner of game 6 (won an elimination game to stay alive) impacts the probability of winning game 7.  Though, I would likely control for home ice, as well.

 

I believe this site has the data you want, but I don't think it's easy to find:  http://whowins.com/

 

As for me, an elimination game, I want it at home.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 10:02 AM

Game 7 is the only elimination game I want at home. 

If Game 6 is a game that could eliminate us I want it on the road. 



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 10:19 AM

Game 7 at home every day of the week & twice on Sundays. ;)

Not even debatable IMHO. Last change & the crowd is behind you. You've done this 3 times against this particular opponent already. The 'grip your sticks too tight' home game is game 1 (game 3 for the lower seed) not game 7.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 10:33 AM

& twice on Sundays. ;)

 

Wait.  Wouldn't the second one be Game 8?



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:35 PM

Wait.  Wouldn't the second one be Game 8?


Triple OT. ;)

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

depends on how the team is playing at home that season



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:43 PM

depends on how the team is playing at home that season


If the team is playing poorly enough at home that it would be a question of which venue is preferrable, the question is moot. (THAT team won't get to a game 7 & CERTAINLY wouldn't have the opportunity to host it.)

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:44 PM

Right now, I'd kill for a game 1.

 

 

...Away.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:21 PM

Triple OT. ;)

 

Nice recovery.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:27 PM

Nice recovery.


Recovery my ###. Knew somebody would come back w/ your reply when the original was posted. Just figured it would probably be PA w/ the reply. ;) You were the 2nd guess, though. :P

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:28 PM

Not sure how I should take that.  :unsure:



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:29 PM

Not sure how I should take that.  :unsure:


:lol: It's all good. :beer:

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:41 PM

Yeah but.... PA.....



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 03:26 PM

Yeah but.... PA.....


:lol: Is what it is. :P

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 05:30 PM

Where does that feeling persist?  I've never heard of this "home ice dread" you speak of.

Reading is Fundamental.

 

Game 7 at home every day of the week & twice on Sundays. ;)

Not even debatable IMHO. Last change & the crowd is behind you. You've done this 3 times against this particular opponent already. The 'grip your sticks too tight' home game is game 1 (game 3 for the lower seed) not game 7.

Good point. I always prefer starting on the road. Of course that also means ending there, which is fine by me.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 06:47 PM

I've had dreams about the Sabres winning the cup at home. A a hundred-thousand-legged, beer and nacho fueled state of emergency marching its way to Niagara Square... I don't care what history says, I want a chance at that.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 10:24 PM

I just want the team to be relavant in game 7 of the regular season

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 09:53 AM

I just want the team to be relavant in game 7 of the regular season

 

That's the spirit ...

 

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 05:39 PM

I just want the team to be relavant in game 7 of the regular season

Best reply ever.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:43 AM

Reading is Fundamental.
 

Good point. I always prefer starting on the road. Of course that also means ending there, which is fine by me.


I do get this feeling as well sometimes. It’s easier to accomplish your “goal” for the first two game set if you are the road team, as the goal is always only a split. Easier to start the series off on the “right note”, in that way.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:56 AM

Observationally, I think there's something to the idea that game 7 at home has its pitfalls.

 

But, on balance, you want that game 7 at home. The team is tired by then. Having that home crowd can be a real boost.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:05 PM

@PA : Don Cherry on CBC just now talked at some length about how playing on the roadin the playoffs can simplify things, and how playing at home can complicate them. FWIW.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 05:06 AM

Fwiw (from White at WGR):

Home teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are 34-39 so far...

Fluky year? Or is something we've long held to be an advantage disappearing?

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:22 AM

@PA : Don Cherry on CBC just now talked at some length about how playing on the roadin the playoffs can simplify things, and how playing at home can complicate them. FWIW.

Well, the old saw is that struggling teams go on the road to bond and find themselves. And you "play a solid road game" to "take the crowd out of the game." So there's that.


Fwiw (from White at WGR):

Home teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are 34-39 so far...

Fluky year? Or is something we've long held to be an advantage disappearing?

One of the thoughts in this thread is that you want to be at home because the fans will be going crazy. That can easily work to the advantage of a psychologically grounded road team, no? It has to be great to play in a loud building, whether they're cheering for you or not. And, really, how hard would it be to trick yourself into thinking the cheers are for you? You're pinned in your own zone and the natives are wooping it up — who's to say they're not urging you on to get out of trouble? #mindwarp #booooom


Edited by PASabreFan, 18 May 2018 - 07:24 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 08:19 AM

Even without taking the crowd into account there's still the home ice advantage of last change and the road team having to have their stick on the ice for faceoffs.

 

I'd take game 7 at home.



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:27 AM

Even without taking the crowd into account there's still the home ice advantage of last change and the road team having to have their stick on the ice for faceoffs.

 

I'd take game 7 at home.

The faceoff rule change took out that aspect of home ice advantage. Now the defending player puts his stick down first (although they seem to sometimes revert to form and the linesman is asleep).



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:30 AM

The faceoff rule change took out that aspect of home ice advantage. Now the defending player puts his stick down first (although they seem to sometimes revert to form and the linesman is asleep).

 

I forgot about that. I guess the fact that I haven't watched many games over the past few seasons made it slip my mind.



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:53 AM

The faceoff rule change took out that aspect of home ice advantage. Now the defending player puts his stick down first (although they seem to sometimes revert to form and the linesman is asleep).

 

That was a bad, and unnecessary, rule change.



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 01:47 PM

That was a bad, and unnecessary, rule change.

 

The linesmen shouldn't be allowed to pump fake the drop.    When I played competitively I was laser focused on the linesman's hand when taking a draw.    The slightest jerk of his hand would be your trigger.     No ###### around, just get them lined up, then boom drop the puck... don't stall, don't pump fake.     Just drop the damn puck.  



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 05:12 PM

That was a bad, and unnecessary, rule change.

What's your beef with it?