Two teams in the NHL this year are definitely proving that there is no place like home. Unfortunately, they are also proving that Willie Nelson’s “On the road again” is a song that they absolutely hate. The two teams I am talking about are the Detroit Red Wings and the St Louis Blues. Both teams have been almost unbeatable on their home ice, both have less than stellar records on the road, and they are separated by just 5 points in the standings. I want to focus on their play at home because it warrants a comparison. No other team in the NHL is really even close to the Red Wings and Blues, so the question is, who is the better home team?

Scoring

The Detroit Red Wings have the 6th best offense overall in the league with 3.07 goals per game, at home that number jumps to 3.82, good for first in the league. They are tied for the least amount of home games played in the NHL, yet have the 3rd most total goals. The Blues on the other hand don’t really score…well…anywhere. They average 2.83 goals per game in St Louis, which sits them in 17th. Winner: Red Wings

Defense/Goaltending

There are 4 teams in the NHL that allow an average of under 2 goals per game, The Rangers, Kings and the two teams we are presently talking about. The St Louis Blues have the best home defense in the NHL and have had that “problem” of really not having a clear cut starting goaltender, and it seems to be working. Jaroslav Halak has 17 home starts, Brian Elliott has 12, which has equaled out to 1.65 goals allowed a game. Jimmy Howard has had a great season, but that tandem has been great at home. Winner: Blues

Leading Scorer

Pavel Datsyuk leads the Red Wings with 54 points, 28 at home and 26 on the road. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a good thing to see your best player producing almost the same numbers regardless of location. However, we are trying to figure out who is the better home team. David Backes has scored 25 of his 37 points on home ice, that’s 68 percent. Winner: Blues

Streaks

The Blues have had 5 difference home winning streaks of at least 3 games. The Red Wings have won 17 in a row at the Joe and are now 3 wins away from matching the NHL record. Winner: Red Wings

Winning

But it all comes down to “W”s. The Blues have 22 home wins (most in the NHL) , but they have played 29 games. The Red Wings have 2 less wins, but have done it in just 23 games for a winning percentage of 87 percent. That’s impressive and it gives the Red Wings the overall win in this discussion. However, as impressive as both teams have been this year, I don’t think the record books will be altered in any way. The ‘76 Flyers and ‘96 Red Wings had 36 wins at home. This year’s Red Wings would need 16 wins over the final 18 home games just to match it. So no record, but definitely impressive home seasons for both teams

Overall winner: Red Wings

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Let’s head to the links

This is not the best way to get more power play time in Buffalo (Buffalo News)

The closer we get to trade deadline day, the more names get thrown on the “might get moved” list. Case in point: Rick Nash (Pro hockey Talk)

This is something I have complained about for a while. The NHL gives out assists way too easily and one was given out on a rather historic night (The Hockey News)

Turns out Maxime Lapierre’s hockey pants were totally on fire (Pass it to Bulis)

I’ve seen some bad hockey profile pics, but this one takes the cake (Dirty Dangle)

Hey ladies…want to go out on a date with Tyler Seguin? (Days of Y’Orr)

Anaheim Calling looks at Brian Burke vs. Bob Murray (no there is no barn fight involved)

One of my favourite things that The Royal Half does is Pundays. Mainly becasue it makes me happy and sad at the exact same time.

The Pens are in Montreal tonight, and the guys at The Pens Blog look at the top 5 Montreal Typical* moments in that match-ups history. (* Thank you Peter Laviolette for that gem)

Oh yeah…Sid skated with the Pens yesterday. Here is the scrum after he got off the ice

Comments (1)

  1. yes, the red wings have a better winning percentage…end of discussion. dont be a dumbass and give points for scoring and leading scoring…they are essentially the same category. and btw…just stop talking about the red wings. you are completely ruining whatever bourne has to say on the podcasts with your stupid red wing overbandwagon analysis. the last podcast had some good potential topics (maybe you even came up with them), but the whole podcast was a waste with your wing comments at every turn. im sure youre a yankee, laker, man u, and recent ny giants fan, but become a better host for the entire nhl, not the american team you latched onto to try and get the upperhand on your friends.

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