The United Center Is GREAT For Some HOME COOKING

By Sean Fitzgerald

May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane warms up across the center ice logo before game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

In case people have missed it but the Blackhawks do not lose at home during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The United Center has the third largest seating capacity in the NHL. The United Center holds 19, 717 people in the seats. With standing room the United Center can hold over 22,000 people for a Blackhawks game.

The United Center faithful along with soloist Jim Cornelison get the Stadium rocking after an awe inspiring rendition of the National Anthem. The energy is palpable in the Stadium. It might be the greatest sports experience in all of sports. My elbows and lungs hurt before the game even begins.

The introduction features videos and names of former and current Blackhawks greats to get the place ready to explode just before puck drop.

As a team the Chicago Blackhawks feed off the home crowd and their energy in the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks are undefeated in their last 7 home playoffs games this Stanley Cup playoffs. On the road, they are 2-4 in this season. The Blackhawks last suffered a home playoff defeat in Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. Over the last two Stanley Cup playoff runs, the Blackhawks have suffered two home losses in their last 19 home playoff games.

In postgame interviews, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews always make reference to playing in front of the greatest fans in the best building. In my bias opinion they are correct, but don’t take my word for it. The record at home in the playoffs the last two seasons does not lie.

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