@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.