Saturday, May 14, 2011

Home teams still struggling to win

During the first round the home team was only winning 42.4% of games which is well below historical averages. That has improved slightly but home teams are still only winning 45.8% o games. No explanation other than there may be some additional pressure in the playoffs when playing at home. Or perhaps its a reflection of the parity in the league under the salary. Meanwhile in the NBA playoffs the home team has won 70% of games.

The playoffs this season has had a number of other oddities. For example, the higher seed team has won only 52% of games. The low percentage is partly due to the two top seeds in the East having been eliminated in just 4 games in the second round.

And no lead, no matter how large, seems safe: In the first 71 years of the modern NHL playoffs, only five teams managed to erase a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game 7. I has already happened twice this year and the playoffs aren't over yet.

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