There is no difference between the Western and Eastern Conferences anymore. It is a pre-lockout concept.
The East is no longer exclusively defense first, grind it out, rough and tough oriented. And the West no longer has more talent and speed.
It had to do with the specific few teams we played last year in the West.
Now that we play every team at least once, it doesn't matter.
Our 'new speed' has nothing to do with playing Western teams. You need the speed no matter what team you play.
It is about how each individual team matches up against each individual team. Due to each team having a distinct identity, style, and system.
This Western style and Eastern style concept is a thing of the past.
That said, against the likes of Detroit, San Jose, and Chicago i think we have little to no chance.
thats because they filp-flopped. only teams as you mentioned arent in that stereotype.