Your Call: Which NHL team has the best home ice advantage?

TSN.ca Staff
4/16/2011 8:10:39 PM
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With the NHL playoffs in full stride, the intensity in arenas across Canada and the U.S. is rising.

Fans are flocking to rinks to cheer their teams on, in hopes of propelling their favourite club to a Stanley Cup.

Whether you've taken in a game live or simply felt the roar of the crowd through your television, which NHL arena do you believe gives its team the best home ice advantage in the playoffs?

With 16 teams in the post-season hunt, there are plenty of worthy arenas that could be brought into the debate, but here are six that few would deny have electric atmospheres.

The Bell Centre - Montreal Canadiens

Capacity: 21,273

While it may not have the history of the Forum, the Canadiens have had their share of playoff moments on the ice at the Bell Centre, including last year's post-season run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rogers Arena - Vancouver Canucks

Capacity: 18,630

In addition to boasting the NHL's best record this season, the Canucks also posted the most wins on their at home. The site of Canada's Olympic gold medal victory will be just as raucous this playoff season as the Canucks also hope to be crowned champions on their home ice.

TD Garden - Boston Bruins

Capacity: 17,565

Much like Montreal, the Bruins are trying to fill their arena with new memories, after legends like Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito did just that in the old Boston Garden. With the success in the last decade of other Boston-based teams like the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox, fans of the Bruins are hoping to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston as well.

Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia Flyers

Capacity: 19,537

The fans in Philadelphia breathe life into the Broadstreet Bullies, and no matter what the sport they unleash their passion on opposing clubs. The name on the front of the building may have changed since its inception in 1996, but the noise inside remains as loud as ever.

United Center - Chicago Blackhawks

Capacity: 20, 500

Since making the move to the new Madhouse on Madison the Blackhawks and their fans have lost none of the famous 'Roar'. Opposing teams know they will be treated to a hostile environment and Chelsea Dagger every time they give up a goal.

Madison Square Gardens - New York Rangers

Capacity: 18, 200

The World's Most Famous Arena is one of the toughest buildings in one of the toughest cities in the league. The bright lights of Broadway have caused many a great player to melt under the pressure, and many others to become legends.

So, which NHL playoff team has the best home ice advantage?

Let's us know your take using the Your Call section below!

Bell Centre (Photo: Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
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