Bruce Boudreau cannot dispute the fact that his Washington Capitals have home-ice advantage.
What he will argue, however, is which team will benefit most from the timing of the start of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning jump right back into the fire less than 48 hours after eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins while the Caps have had close to a week since knocking off the Rangers.
"They've been in a seven-game series, they know the pressure of everything, they've played against us they've got the emotion and everything on their side," Boudreau said Thursday in Washington.
"If we're successful (in Friday's opener) you guys (the media) will say they're tired. If we're not, for the most part, we're rusty. Depending on the outcome is how you guys are going to read the game anyway."