Does home-ice advantage matter in the Stanley Cup playoffs?

I asked Todd Marchant this after the Vancouver win.

“Well,” he said, “First of all, you get matchups you get
the last change, so thats a crucial part of the game. Everything being at home
is familiar to you the routine is the same, you’re not having to worry about
different travel, stuff like that. That part of it is different, but
realistically its all the same.”

So there.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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