Home ice advantage in the NHL is thought to be one of the most important advantages in all of sport, with a loud arena combining with a team’s own nuances to create interesting atmospheres that make it difficult for opponents to compete in. But for sports bettors, just how important is home ice advantage? The answer to that question is a little nuanced, but for the most part the NHL is a league where the perception of home ice doesn’t always mesh with the reality. A look at the statistics can help illuminate the effectiveness of home ice advantage in professional hockey.In the NHL, it might be harder to win at home at a high rate than it is in the majority of major sports leagues. But there are more teams that finish each season with records above .500 at home than there are in most sports.