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11-25-2003, 08:42 AM
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I brought this up in another thread sometime, and was pretty much taunted for thinking it.

The effect of increasing the number of conference games makes it much more difficult to compare a Western team to an Eastern team. Because the overall talent level is different-- the lower level Western teams are more equivalent to middle level Eastern teams. Hence scoring, GAA, wins, points are all skewed more by higher parity of the Western conference to artificially inflate the strength of the Eastern conference teams.

In short, I agree with you, Smokey, and think you can extend that artificial statistical inflation to all but the top 5 Eastern conference teams.

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