Fighting doesn't equate to scoring. West easily has the stiffer competition and higher amounts talent that can bang and score...Plus East just lost Parise.
Agree. I think the west has more balanced teams, who for the most part are much more defensive, while the east has the better offensive/top end talent.
As for the fighters... unless they can play regular shifts (Rupp, Glass, etc) then they're irrelevant. That's one of the big pluses to Boston's toughness. They can all play hockey as well as being able to hit, fight, etc.