Home vs. Away
Ice hockey is a game played between two (2) teams. A team is always classified as either:
- The Home Team
- The Away Team
Each classification comes with a specific set of advantages in an ice hockey game.
The Home Team
The home team is the team that owns the playing surface. As a result, they have something called home ice advantage.
Home Ice Advantage
Home ice advantage, or more generally home advantage is not unique to just ice hockey. In fact, it is a common term used across all types of sports. It is a mental edge that a team or individual has over the opponent.
This mental edge exists because:
- the team or individual has had prior experience on the playing surface.
- the team or individual has a higher number of fans in attendance.
Home Ice During Playoff Games
Home Ice Advantage can play a big role in particularly in the playoffs during a seven-game series.
The Away Team
The away team is the team that is visiting. They do not own the playing surface. They have the disadvantage of playing on the opposing team's ice.
Two Away Teams
Sometimes there will be two (2) away teams in a game. That happens when both teams are playing on neutral ice and neither team has ownership of the arena.
Cheering For Your Team
Regardless of which team is home or away, as a fan you should be ready to cheer and root for your team of choice.