Hot take- leafs should NOT have homeice in playoffs

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  1. ANDI P IS CUTE

    ANDI P IS CUTE Registered User

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    for a few reasons- one they play better on the road, 2. babs cant worry too much about line matching. 3. i believe they will get an easier opponent in the 1st round if they finish 3rd or 4th. thoughts........
     
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    I am Canadian Foreverly Hopeful

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    The first two games against Boston on the road were horrid for the leafs in the playoffs
     
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    LOL this should be fun

    But yeah its hard to argue with our road record though. As someone mentioned in the Bruins pre game thread, being able to line match especially against a 1 line team is a huge advantage.........just don't look at our stats to prove it
     
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    Regular season ≠ Playoffs. Give me home ice against Boston please!
     
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    in before the thread is locked!
     
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    Babs doesnt really line match, and when he does he tries to catch the other team in a mismatch, against Tavares or Matthews line, this stuff is never-ending, lol
     
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    If you finish 2nd you play Boston at home. Finsh 3rd you play Boston on the road. 4th you play Tampa Bay or the defending Stanley Cup champions on the road. where exactly is the easy matchup?

    I'll take home ice please!
     
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    I do agree that Babcock's obsession with line-matching is a big reason all their stats are better on the road and why it might be better not to have home-ice.
    Babcock is so obsessed with it, he matched the 4th line with 5 minutes left when they were down 2-0 against the Preds at home. That's an absolute joke. That 4th line needs to sit.
     
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    For a few reasons, teams are going to try to finish as high up in the standings as possible. There aren't ever any guarantees, but I'd like to see the Leafs go into a first round playoff series with home ice advantage.
     
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    Leafs have to exercises their Boston playoff demons one way or another. But road games in the playoffs are simply different than the regular season. If home ice didn't matter why do all the experts (players, ex-players, coaches etc) say it does?

    I'll take home ice please.
     
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    You want home ice no matter what.
     
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    Cold take : the Leafs should have whatever ice advantage they earn.
     
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    Warm take : The Leafs should win hockey games.
     
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    Haven't woke up and had my coffee yet take: I agree.
     
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    Room temperature take : the team who scores more goals deserves to win a hockey game.
     
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    I wouldn't pass up home ice but it's not worth a whole lot either. Like, I wouldn't overplay my starting goalie for it or anything like that. It's not like the NFL where the best teams get a bye. Now, THAT, is worth it.
     
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    NoName Bringer of Playoffs!

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    Yeah, because NOT having home ice worked out so well in game seven against the Bruins last year... again.
     
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    The Leafs have been pretty meh on the road in the last couple of months
     
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    I want home ice. I became a fan in 2000 and I have never seen the Leafs win game 7 on the road (0-4). It's simple, I'd rather have a game 7 at home 10 out of 10 times. If they have a game 7 on the road again this season, I will not like their chances.
     
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    As others have stated, this is nonsense.
     
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    I really hope Babs stops having the 4th line on with a few minutes left and we are down a goal. Do we really need to line-match late in the game and we are down? What the freak is the point?
     
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    Last year, they win the series vs boston if they have home ice.
     
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    I totally agree and another scary thing of not finishing in 2nd is that with the Sabres and Habs staying pretty close to the Bruins, they might pass us also if we have a few games slump and we might not even make it in a WC spot. So yes, we have to keep fighting to secure that 2nd place and home ice advantage.

    In the last 5 years, we took the Bruins twice (who on both occasions were better than us in the regular season) to 7 games (after being down 3-1 both times) when they had home ice, let's see what they can do when we have home ice.
     
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    zeke The Dube Abides

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    The Leafs would likely have made it out of the first round in both the last 2 playoffs if they had had home ice advantage.
     
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    Eh. I disagree with 2017 since they got a bit lucky with their bounces, but last year, absolutely.
     

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