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Home Ice Advantage Fading

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
When clubs venturing into the Forum in Montreal were intimidated by the sheer history of the place, and when the waves of noise generated by fans -- and amplified by the acoustics -- at Chicago Stadium overwhelmed opponents. When the Blackhawks, Bruins and Sabres tailored their lineups and styles to exploit the undersized ice surfaces in their buildings. Now, those were home-ice advantages. These days, though, NHL clubs seem to have no qualms about going almost anywhere. Going into last night's games, road teams were 162-179-41 and 14 clubs were above .500 in away games. The NHL's decision to have a winner determined in every game undoubtedly has helped to inflate those figures, but they also reflect the erosion of home-ice advantages around the league.

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