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02-07-2013, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by CanadienShark View Post
I may be way off base, but the West is more defensive - like 1-0, 2-1 games rather than the higher scoring East - with 5-3, 4-2 type games.
As of now:

East; 140G, 400GF, 2.86GF/G

West; 140GP, 376G, 2.69GF/G

So while there is a small difference in total goals scored, I don't think it's large enough to explain a 5:1 ratio of shootouts.

However, if you look total the absolute values of the GF/GA differentials you get:

East - 108

West - 86

Which is a much larger relative difference than total goals scored between the conferences, perhaps suggestive of 'tighter games'.

However, it may actually be a result of Tampa's dominance of the SE, as they are the worst (best?) offender in the GF-GA totals. Likewise WPG, WSH and FLA are the next worst (worst.) offenders. So 22 out of the 108 (absolute value) total goal diff is due to Tampa and the SE, which has only been 4 games out of 140 - not really enough to influence the shootout stats.

TL;DR: Not scoring.

Unless someone wants to dig through every game for each conference and plot the goal diff, as there could be counteracting effects.

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