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Jon Cooper

Home ice is not a big advantage in first round of playoffs

Home ice hasn't been an advantage this year in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Road teams have posted a 14-12 record through the first week of the postseason.

Think about it. The Kings and Ducks both lost their first two games at home. The defending champion Blackhawks face elimination after dropping two at home to fall behind the Blues 3-1.

The Rangers, who took home ice away from the Penguins by winning in Game 2 in Pittsburgh, quickly gave it back with a lackluster performance in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. New York has dropped four in a row at home in the postseason going back to last season.

Only the Capitals, Lightning, Stars swept the...

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