NHL Power Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams' Home Ice Advantage
NHL teams play hard throughout the regular season in hope of securing home ice advantage for the playoffs. Home ice advantage can be a deciding factor in a tight playoff series.
Home ice gives a team many advantages including last line change, last one to put their stick down for the faceoff and of course, momentum from the hometown crowd.
In Stanley Cup Final history, the home team boasts a 12-3 record in the decisive Game 7's.
As we approach the playoffs this year, let's take a look at each teams' success on home ice.
30. New York Islanders
Not only do the New York Islanders own one of the worst home ice records in the league (13-15-4), but they have the fewest fans on average.
The Islanders only average 10,305 fans per game, which is over a thousand fans less than any other team.
29. Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers' 11-19-4 record on home ice is the worst in the NHL.
After being perennial sellouts for many years, the Oilers have dropped to 19th in the league in average attendance with 16,839 fans per game.
28. Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers are 28th in the league with a 12-12-6 home ice record and average 22nd in attendance with 15,319 fans per game.
27. Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are 11-17-5 on home ice, good for 29th in the league.
They sit 11th in attendance with 18,316 fans per game, but those fans have to watch a lot of losses.
26. Atlanta Thrashers
The Atlanta Thrashers are 28th in the league with 13,031 fans per game, and their home ice record is 14-13-6.
25. Colorado Avalanche
It's almost shocking to see the Colorado Avalanche this low after being one of the most feared buildings in the league for the first 10 years after the franchise moved from Quebec.
Now, the Avs are 24th in both record and attendance with a 14-15-4 record, and 14,852 fans per game.
24. New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils were horrendous at home (and on the road) to start the season, but their recent hot streak has brought them up the list a little bit.
They're 23rd in the league at 15-13-3 and sit 26th in attendance at 14,110 fans per game.
23. Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are second last in the league in attendance with just 11,434 fans per game. They sit 19th with a 15-11-5 home ice record.
22. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are 20th in the NHL with a 16-13-2 home ice record but average only 13,495 fans per game, good for 27th in the league.
21. New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are 25th in the league with a 14-15-3 home ice record. They sit 13th in attendance with 18,082 fans per game.
20. Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres are 26th in the league on home ice (14-15-3 record) but are 10th in fans per game at 18,386.
19. Boston Bruins
Placed surprisingly low for a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Boston Bruins are 22nd in the league with a 15-12-3 record and average just 17,565 fans, which is 16th in the league.
The Bruins are the best team in the league on the road though, so maybe they're hoping they don't have home ice.
18. Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild are 19th in the league at 16-13-3 on home ice and sit 15th in attendance with 17,902 fans per game.
17. Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators are 15th in the league with a 15-7-7 home ice record but average just 15,965 fans, good for 21st in the NHL.
16. San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are 18th in the NHL with a 16-10-3 record on home ice. They sit 17th in attendance with 17,562 fans per game.
15. Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes are 13th in the league on home ice with a 18-10-3 but are 20th in attendance with 16,116 fans per game.
14. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are fifth in the league in attendance with 19,317 fans per game, but their record of 15-11-7 puts them 16th in the home ice standings.
13. Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks crack the top 10 with a home ice record of 19-10-2, but they average only 14,667 fans per game, good for 25th in the league.
12. Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are 12th in the league on home ice with a record of 19-10-1 and sit 14th overall with 18,067 fans per game.
11. Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars average just 14,906 fans per game (23rd in the league) but have a record of 18-9-5, good for eighth in the league.
10. Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are 14th in the league with a 17-10-4 record on home ice. They are fourth in attendance with 19,555 fans per game.
In the 2009 playoffs, the Red Wings were 11-2 at home, but one of those losses was in game seven of the Cup Finals.
9. St Louis Blues
The St Louis Blues are 11th in the league with a home ice record of 18-11-4 and seventh overall attendance with 19,150.
The Blues are the second worst team in the league on the road, but take advantage of their home ice.
8. Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals fans have begun to "Rock the Red," which makes for an exciting atmosphere in the Verizon Center.
The Capitals are 18-8-7 on home ice (fifth in the league) and average 18,397 fans per game (ninth overall).
7. Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames always seem to be able to win on home ice, even when the team is bad. The Calgary Saddledome became famous for the "C of Red" during the Flames' run to the Cup Finals in 2004.
The Flames are seventh in the league with a 19-10-4 record and sixth with an average attendance of 19,289 (which is a sellout).
6. Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins fans fill their brand new arena Consol Energy Center for every home game.
The Penguins are sixth in the league with a 20-11-2 record on home ice and sit 12th with 18,227 fans per game.
5. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning boast the second best home ice record in the league at 21-7-4 but average just 16,905 fans per game which is good for 18th.
The Lightning did win a Stanley Cup on home ice back in game seven of the 2004 Finals.
4. Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers fans are some of the craziest in the league and they fill the Wells Fargo Center, clad in orange, for every game.
The Flyers have the fourth best home ice record (20-8-3) and average the third most fans with 19,667 per game.
3. Vancouver Canucks
The most famous Vancouver Canucks fans are two people who dress in full body green tights and harass every opponent who heads into the penalty box at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks have the best home record in the NHL at 23-6-5 and average 18,860 fans per game.
However, the Canucks most recent playoff game at Rogers Arena was a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks that eliminated them in Game 6 of the second round.
Their other two home ice playoff games in the second round last year were 7-4 and 5-2 losses.
2. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens' Bell Centre is one of the craziest buildings in the NHL. The Bell Centre recently won the NHLPA poll for which rink is the favorite to play in.
The Habs have the third best home record in the league at 20-8-6 and get the second most fans per game at 21,273.
1. Chicago Blackhawks
The United Center in Chicago is one of the loudest, craziest buildings in all of sports. The Blackhawks home record this year is only the 10th best in the league, but the Hawks average 21,339 fans per game, the most of any team.
The Blackhawks also have a fantastic goal song, "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis, that drives opponents crazy and still haunts Roberto Luongo's dreams.
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