NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Teams with the Biggest Home-Ice Advantage

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Teams with the Biggest Home-Ice Advantage
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The 2012 NHL playoffs begin Wednesday, and some teams will be relying on a big home-ice advantage to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

It is not only the top four teams in each conference that can use home-ice advantage to have success.

Each team gets an opportunity to play at least two home games in a best-of-7 series. For the lower seeds that start a series on the road, it will be very important to win each game at home. This is especially true if they fall behind 0-2 in the series while on the road.

A team’s home record was not the only stat used when putting this list together.

Home ice becomes even more important for the teams that succeed at home, but have a hard time winning consistently on the road.

Here are the five teams that will enjoy the biggest home-ice advantage in the playoffs.  

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