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11-28-2012, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Prairie Habs View Post
I don't think you understand that it isn't East vs West in terms of strength of schedule. Travel is an issue all Western teams face so there is no advantage anywhere. If they were competing with Eastern teams for a playoff spot then you would have a point.

If there was a 16/14 split though than Western teams would have a clear advantage as they would be competing with less teams for a playoff spot.
But the teams in the East and West aren't competing for the same playoff spots, as you said. Plus, if the NHL ever gets going again, and they go with the proposed realignment, unless all 4 conferences were independent of each other, then the East has not only the travel advantage, but they also have only 14 teams.

Here's something somewhat fair, not perfect though.

Bos, Mtl, Ott, Tor, Buf, Min, Wpg
NYR, NYI, NJ, Car, TB, Fla, Nas, Dal
Phi, Was, Pit, Clb, Det, Chi, StL
Van, Edm, Cal, SJ, LA, Ana, Col, Phx

You could maybe move a few teams here and there, but at least every conference spans two time zones. A little bit of extra travel in there for everyone.

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