But do you think it was the home ice that made the difference in last nights game.
And you can never under estimate the importance of winning draws.
Home ice made no difference in my opinion, they just had an on night in the face off circle or the leafs had an off night. Take your pick. We will know tomorrow wheather or not this dominance was a fluke or not I guess.
How logical do you think it is that the home ice advantage helped Ottawa in the Face-off circle ?
They get to put their sticks down second. On top of the obvious line matching advantage.
I doubt dropping the sticks 2nd makes much of a difference. It is a possibility that Martin has taken advantage of faceoff matchups.
Spezza beat Reichel 6 of 7 and took only 11 faceoffs
White was 9-14, but 7-10 vs. Sundin and Nieuwendyk
Smolinksi was 15-18 including 11-11 vs. Francis and Nieuwendyk
Bonk was 7-17 and 4-8 vs. Sundin
Fisher was 4-7 with a fairly even distribution
Could Martin's line matching be due to faceoff preferences?