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07-30-2012, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Playerwinner View Post
Its interesting that a lot of the lower teams have like a big home presence such as Philly, Boston, New York, Toronto, San Jose, with Montreal and Vancouver rounding out the lower half.
That's an interesting observation. Perhaps the road teams play better when there's more of a big game atmosphere? It's more difficult for the home team to get pumped for 41 games per season.

Definitely looks like a lot of weaker, smaller market teams at the top and stronger, bigger market teams at the bottom. It seems like refereeing and travel would be other factors that might help explain that.

There also might be a tendency for weaker teams to say "screw it" on the road, once they know they are very unlikely to make the playoffs, but still give it more of a maximum effort at home.

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