This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
Home/road splits are an often underused weapon in the fantasy player's arsenal. While almost everyone performs better at home, there are different degrees of better. With the season at least 50 games in for every team, a large enough sample size has built up to examine some of the more polarized home-road splits among goaltenders. These numbers aren't necessarily indicative of future performance, but they should be kept in mind when thinking of deploying certain netminders at specific venues. Jake Allen, Ryan Miller and Pekka Rinne in particular have posted very polarized splits to date.
Allen is 13-6-2 with a 2.47 GAA and .907 save percentage at the Scottrade Center, and just 5-8-1 with a 3.34 GAA and .883 save percentage elsewhere. His level of play hasn't been pretty regardless of venue, but the team in front of Allen clearly does a much better job of shielding its netminder at home. Allen's GAA drops by .83 at home, and he ends up victorious more often than not. Conversely, his road GAA and save percentage compare unfavorably to the season-long numbers of every NHL goaltender save for Semyon Varlamov's 3.38 GAA.
Despite some recent stumbles at home, Miller remains an excellent 12-6-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage at Rogers Arena. Those numbers would rank the veteran eighth in GAA and seventh in save percentage across the league. He has been atrocious on the road, however, with a 2-8-2 record, 3.18 GAA and .904 save percentage. Using