Friday, November 16, 2007

A Look at Early Season Home Ice Advantage

Maybe it's only my headache talking, but it seems like some teams have been playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the first part of the season. What I'm talking about are some of the ridiculous home records that some teams have, while it seems as if no one, save for the Ottawa Senators, can seem to get anything together on the road.

Back in the day, the Islanders would call the Coliseum "Fort Neverlose," and you can probably figure out why. This year, some teams are turning their own barns into forts that are impenetrable, even to JR and his aura of manliness. The prime example of this would be the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa is 7-1-1 on home ice at the St. Pete Times Forum, but also hold a horrific 2-7 record on the road.

Meanwhile, some teams are doing just the opposite, such as the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are 3-4 at home, while holding a 7-3-2 record on the road. That's just wacky.

The following are the best and worst home teams, as ranked by the number of home points they have accumulated thus far. Their position in the conference standings is in next to their name and last night's games were not included.

Let the water cooler talk ensue...

...and the worst at home.

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