For all of the teams in the playoffs, they know that they'll have to play well at home to win their series. Whether you're an eight seed or a one seed, several home wins are nearly vital for a victory in the best-of-seven series.
However, you'll almost certainly have to win at least one game on the road, as well. With this in mind, you're only left to hope that you won't be making trips to, say, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Shark Tank in San Jose or Madison Square Garden in New York to face their respective teams.
Yet, perhaps you shouldn't be worried at all about visiting those arenas. Perhaps the Staples Center in Los Angeles or the Bridgestone Center in Nashville are, in fact, much tougher places to play the home team.
Indeed, in our fairly simple system, we make some interesting conclusions on the rankings of each postseason team's home-ice advantage. The system has two parts: 1) attendance, not by percentage of arena filled but by numbers alone, since that's what is making the noise; 2) the percentage of a team's wins that came at home, instead of the mere home record, which always makes the best teams look like they play the best at home.
"And why is that a problem?," you ask. Well, the quality of your opponent has already been settled—it's determined by your own seed. However, when doing the analysis of each opponent, a better indicator would be how well they performed at home compared to on the road, rather than how they perform at home compared to other teams. That's just another indicator of how good they are.
Points are awarded for both categories of the system: The winner of each category gets 16 points in our imaginary points system, second place gets 15, and all the way down to last place getting one. Each team's points in the two categories added together creates their "Home Ice Advantage Score," which is how these rankings have been ordered.
So let's get to it.