Ranking the 10 NHL Teams with the Biggest Home-Ice Advantage

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Ranking the 10 NHL Teams with the Biggest Home-Ice Advantage
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Despite their perfect record at home, Anaheim is not the team with the biggest home-ice advantage. At least that's the case when you compare a team's record at home to its record on the road. Which teams are at the greatest advantage when playing at home so far this year?

There are many advantages to playing at home. Some are very minor, like which end of the ice they defend first, or getting to leave the ice first in arenas that don't have direct hallways to the bench.

Other advantages are far more significant. When all else is equal, faceoffs are conducted in the position most advantageous to the home team, and the visiting center must always place his stick on the ice first. In the shootout, the home team gets to decide who goes first.

Best of all, the home team gets to set their game day lineup last, and gets the last line change. That can be huge for teams that like to line match. For each team, we've included which player might be benefiting from that most.

Now turn over to start with the team that just barely beat out the St. Louis Blues for tenth place on our list.

 

Raw data sources from NHL.com unless otherwise noted.

 

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