By the conclusion of Friday night’s Stanley Cup playoff action, six out of the eight first-round series will have completed two games and be ready to shuffle to the lower seed’s home arena. The other two will follow suit by the time the ice chips settle on Saturday.
For those that are already changing sites, there is more than enough from the first two games to assess what each party has to build on and what could become a problem, if it has not already.
For other matchups, even those that still have to play Game 2 before anybody travels, it does not hurt to anticipate the changes in store for the first change in venue. The fresh ice will constitute the blank space below questions that may have been immutably posed before the playoffs or even before the 2013 regular season began.
Whether the momentum is on their side or in opposition, whether they are leaving or going home and whether it pertains to the venue directly or just the complexion of the matchup, there will be at least one concern for each NHL team to confront as the conference quarterfinals take shape. One for each team is highlighted as follows.
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