Home Ice (Dis)Advantage?
Joyce Park stashed this in The Sporting Life
Stashed in: Hockey
The Stanley Cup Playoffs really ARE almost a second season, because home ice means very little. I think actually the curse of the President's Cup is far more statistically significant than the countervailing view that home ice advantage is important to possess.
"If you’re going to lose a series, there’s a slightly better chance that you will do so at home, in front of your own, very disappointed fans."
Oh man, hockey is a tough sport for a fan.
That's why only the tough become hockey fans. :)
This season the home ice disadvantage seems to be even worse:
"There has been a huge home-ice disadvantage. Heading into Friday's game, the road teams had gone a remarkable 21-11 in the first week of the postseason."