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New York Islanders Record In Series With Home Ice

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 4: Former coach Al Arbour addresses the crowd as former GM Bill Torrey (R) looks on during a ceremony honoring the 25th anniversary of the New York Islanders first Stanley Cup victory, before the Islanders game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 4: Former coach Al Arbour addresses the crowd as former GM Bill Torrey (R) looks on during a ceremony honoring the 25th anniversary of the New York Islanders first Stanley Cup victory, before the Islanders game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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For the first time since 1988, the New York Islanders have home ice in a playoff series. Historically, the Islanders are very good when having home ice.

There’s a reason why they call it a home-ice advantage. More often than not, the team with home ice ends up winning the series. The New York Islanders are no different when it comes to series in which they hold the advantage.

It’s been a long time since the Islanders have held home ice in a playoff series, 31 years to be exact, but if you’re old enough you should remember just how good the Islanders are on home ice in the playoffs.

For those like me who weren’t around to see it, we can take a look back at some of the numbers. 21 times in their franchise history the Islanders were in a playoff series with home ice. Their record in those series, 17-4.

That’s a series win percentage of 81 percent. Just incredible stuff. Granted, each series is different and there’s a lot of other factors that go into a series other than just where the games are played but it’s an interesting Islanders fact nonetheless.

In the last five years, the Penguins are 2-2 in series where they don’t have home ice. We’ll continue to look for numbers and stats on this series leading up until Wednesday but frankly, I’m already ready for puck drop.

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