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The notion that home teams struggle when coming off a long road trip in the NHL is overstated. This season, all eight clubs returning home following a substantial trip on the highway have put together a perfect 9-0 record, including seven victories by at least two goals. Below is the list of teams in this situation through the first month and how they have fared.
NHL HOME TEAMS 1ST GAME OFF 3+ ROAD TRIP
DATE MATCHUP RESULT
10/10 TB vs. FLA Won
10/10 ANH vs. NYR Won
10/11 FLA vs. PIT Won
10/15 COL vs. DAL Won
10/17 MON vs. CLB Won
10/17 OTT vs. NJ Won
10/19 LA vs. DAL Won
10/22 MIN vs. NSH Won
10/24 NSH vs. WPG Won
However, these teams have struggled in the second game at home off the long road trip, including several squads that lost as heavy favorites (Montreal, Ottawa, and Los Angeles). Only Anaheim and Minnesota have found a way to not have a letdown following a victory in the first game back at home. Below is the list of teams that have stumbled this season playing the second game back after a handful of days on the highway.

NHL HOME TEAMS 2ND GAME OFF 3+ ROAD TRIP
DATE MATCHUP RESULT
10/12 TB vs. PIT Loss
10/13 ANH vs. OTT Won
10/13 FLA vs. LA Loss
10/17 COL vs. DET Loss
10/19 MON vs. NSH Loss
10/19 OTT vs. EDM Loss
10/21 LA vs. CGY Loss
10/24 MIN vs. CAR Won
10/26 NSH vs. STL --
Another trend that has developed throughout October is the lack of success teams have as they come off of a shootout victory. These clubs haven't fared well in the following contest, losing 71% of the time through 16 games. The lone game taking out of this equation is the Stars/Kings contest on January 19, as both teams came off a shootout win in their previous game. Below is the list of the 16 teams and how they fared in the game after a shootout victory.

NHL TEAMS OFF SHOOTOUT WIN
DATE MATCHUP RESULT
10/4 LA at WPG Loss
10/5 NYI vs. CLB Loss
10/5 WSH at DAL Loss
10/8 TOR vs. COL Loss
10/10 CLB at BUF Won
10/10 EDM vs. MON Loss
10/13 LA at FLA Won
10/17 BUF vs. VAN Loss
10/17 CHI vs. STL Loss
10/18 STL at WPG Loss
10/20 WPG vs. NSH Loss
10/20 ANH vs. DAL Won
10/21 PIT vs. COL Loss
10/22 FLA vs. CHI Loss
10/24 CHI at TB Loss
10/24 WSH at EDM Won
10/25 VAN at STL --

  
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