NHL fans have been through a lot in the past several months, but we all woke up today with some great news.
While some fans may be too angry to return, it will be interesting to see if arenas are packed once things start up again—or if there will be empty seats in the home stadiums of even the most prolific teams.
We do not yet know the exact length of the schedule, although we do know it will be either 48 or 50 games. This means that each individual game will be more important to success than in a longer 82-game season.
Teams will have to take advantage of the 24 or 25 games that they will have on home ice rather than the usual 41-game home slate.
Playing at home can be a big advantage for teams. Records have shown that teams usually play better when their own fans cheer them on than when others root against them.
Let's take a look at which teams have fed off their home crowd and stadium advantages the most over the past few seasons.
Please take into consideration that these rankings are based on records and home/road differentials, not crowd noise and fanbase passion. Some of the most passionate fanbases in the league are not in this article.