NHL Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Home-Ice Advantages of Each Playoff Team

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Home-Ice Advantages of Each Playoff Team
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When it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there really is no place like home. 

It's why teams battle through an 82-game season, all in hopes of locking up home ice in at least the first round, if not more. The comfort of thousands surrounding the home team, holding their breath with every shot and save, ready to explode in an instant—it makes the playoffs what they are. 

Whether it be waving towels, constant chants or non-stop cheering, the fans can play a major factor in any game—and often do. When you can get the crowd into a game, it becomes a powerful force behind a team, and it can leave the opposition eager for a plane ride out of there. 

So with the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs fully underway, there is no better time than now to take a look at who has the best crowds in the NHL

Get that towel waving and watch out for flying octopus. 

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