Prior to the start of the 2012 NHL playoffs, ESPN hockey columnist Pierre LeBrun did a column on the best home-ice advantage in the NHL.
He concluded that the Chicago Blackhawks had the best home advantage.
The Blackhawks were 27-8-6 during the regular season at home, meaning they won 27 times and lost 14 times, with six of those losses in overtime or shootout.
That was a very respectable showing, although three other teams performed better at home.
However, in the playoffs, the Blackhawks were 0-3 at home in their first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Hawks lost their first two home games in overtime, where one would think that a home-ice advantage might wilt the visitors.
In the final game of the series, the Hawks were blanked 4-0 by Phoenix.
The fans may roar their approval during the national anthem, but that doesn't help the team perform well at home in important games.