It’s been a topic of conversation each spring. Does home ice advantage truly make a difference in the playoffs? What are the numbers this season? Who was the best team on home ice this postseason? Let’s take a look.
If you do the math, home teams were 47-40 overall in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. It comes as no surprise to see the Nashville Predators ranked right at the top when it comes to playoff records on home ice with a 9-2 record. The Pittsburgh Penguins also had a stellar showing on their home ice and that led to another Stanley Cup title, finishing with a 10-3 mark.
The Capitals were almost even when it came to home ice, finishing with a 3-4 record, but it’s a disappointment at best considering they had the best regular season record and home ice throughout the playoffs. Part of it was running into the buzzsaw that was the Penguins. They were 1-3 at home in that series and dropped the first two games of the series at the Verizon Center.
So in short, home ice isn’t everything, but it is important if you want to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. It’s one thing to clinch it, it’s another to have passionate fans. A lot of the bottom teams have those passionate fan bases, but winning in front of those fans is what makes all the difference.
By Michael Marzzacco