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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:08 pm 
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Orangesteel wrote:

Just wish the Pens would have home ice. Why those poor games back in November/December actually mean a lot now (though Pens were road warriors against the Flyers)


Needless to say, home ice is highly over-rated in the SC playoffs.

Didn't we beat Wash 2 years in a row w/o home ice advantage?

And as you mention, the Flyers series definitely showed that home ice means almost nothing

It's not like football, where the noise level can actually affect play-calling.

The only advantage in hockey, and it can be a big one, is the last change advantage. But great NHL coaches also know how to negate this.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:10 pm 
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steel wrote:
Orangesteel wrote:

Just wish the Pens would have home ice. Why those poor games back in November/December actually mean a lot now (though Pens were road warriors against the Flyers)


Needless to say, home ice is highly over-rated in the SC playoffs.

Didn't we beat Wash 2 years in a row w/o home ice advantage?

And as you mention, the Flyers series definitely showed that home ice means almost nothing

It's not like football, where the noise level can actually affect play-calling.

The only advantage in hockey, and it can be a big one, is the last change advantage. But great NHL coaches also know how to negate this.


Yeah, home ice advantage really isn't all that important.

I don't think Sullivan, nor the team ever made it a priority, and for good reason.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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steel wrote:
Orangesteel wrote:

Just wish the Pens would have home ice. Why those poor games back in November/December actually mean a lot now (though Pens were road warriors against the Flyers)


Needless to say, home ice is highly over-rated in the SC playoffs.

Didn't we beat Wash 2 years in a row w/o home ice advantage?

And as you mention, the Flyers series definitely showed that home ice means almost nothing

It's not like football, where the noise level can actually affect play-calling.

The only advantage in hockey, and it can be a big one, is the last change advantage. But great NHL coaches also know how to negate this.


We’ll see how important it is this year.

The previous two runs, the Pens had home ice advantage three of the four series.

This will be the exact opposite.

Of course, all five times they’ve won the Cup, they were on the road for the clincher, so who knows?

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:10 pm 
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pens/pats >> caps/steelers...
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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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bam morris wrote:
pens/pats >> caps/steelers...
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Ugh.

I just threw up a bit in my mouth.

You had to go there. . .

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:30 pm 
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Look, the Pens are a fantastic road team, but sooner or later I think being at home a majority of the games will pay off. It’s from 2013 but some meat on that bone:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1630882-how-much-does-home-ice-matter-in-the-stanley-cup-playoffs


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Game 1 Thursday night. I was hoping for a delay until at least Friday, given Malkin & Hagelin injuries....neither practiced today. Oh...also 3rd year in a row that Steelers/Capitals open their series on Draft Night.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Malkin and Hagelin are both 'day to day' according to Sully. All he would elaborate on was that Malkin has a lower-body injury and Hagelin an upper-body injury.

Thursday is going to be a weird day. The angst of yet another series starting and the Steelers pick which could turn this board on its side.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Agreed Fractal. I watched/listened to the podcasts on the draft that B2B et al did and they were excellent, but I can’t believe how annoyed with the Steelers I am still from that loss to JAX. I need to move on.

The Pens run these last few years have been the greatest. Incredible success.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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The podcasts are great work.

The past two years have been bittersweet. You know what is coming with the Steelers when the postseason starts. The Pens have given us two of my favorite Pittsburgh sports years.
Back to back championships command respect.

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