Can the Home-Ice Advantage be Measured Statistically?
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07-30-2012, 11:44 PM
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I hypothesized that this might be a result of the matchup advantages given to the home team being more significant for weaker teams. If this was the case, weaker teams would primarily get their wins at home because they couldn't win without things like the faceoff advantage, where the stronger teams were able to win both at home and on the road so it becomes closer to 50-50.
A brief glance at past years' standings seems to disagree with my little theory. Two fairly illustrative examples (which are obviously not proof) are when Philly came in last in the East they won more on the road, and when Columbus made the playoffs they won far more often at home.
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