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03-14-2013, 12:49 AM
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What about the 15 point difference between 3rd and 1st!? I mean come on you cant call this a tight conference at all.
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03-14-2013, 12:50 AM
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Anaheim gotten at least two points from the following teams:

Chicago
Los Angeles
Vancouver
San Jose
St. Louis
Detroit

In what way exactly are we preying on the weak? Have you looked at the standings? There are no easy games/teams in the west...although Vancouver and Nashville gave us a couple of really easy ones this year.
And you guys were too kind in returning the favour

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03-14-2013, 12:52 AM
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The current top three teams (in no particular order - The Vancouver Canucks, ch,anh) are beginning to run away with it and probably will. 4-8 is still up in the air and up for grabs. I think st, der, na, ph and dls will sneak in...

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03-14-2013, 12:59 AM
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With how dominant Chicago and Anaheim have been, thats probably a sign that the West IS weaker than the East. They're are two really solid teams who have beat up on the mediocrity abound in the West.
Except Anaheim and Chicago have had a good amount of games go into overtime, which implies they aren't dominating.

The West has a lot of parity. That's all it is. It's why there are so many OT games.

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The current top three teams (in no particular order - The Vancouver Canucks, ch,anh) are beginning to run away with it and probably will. 4-8 is still up in the air and up for grabs. I think st, der, na, ph and dls will sneak in...
The Canucks are 2 points out of 10th place

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The current top three teams (in no particular order - The Vancouver Canucks, ch,anh) are beginning to run away with it and probably will. 4-8 is still up in the air and up for grabs. I think st, der, na, ph and dls will sneak in...
Chicago and Anaheim, yes.

Vancouver, no.

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03-14-2013, 01:18 AM
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This isn't new. Every year this happens.

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The current top three teams (in no particular order - The Vancouver Canucks, ch,anh) are beginning to run away with it and probably will. 4-8 is still up in the air and up for grabs. I think st, der, na, ph and dls will sneak in...
This post is bad and you should feel bad. The Canucks aren't at the top of anything.

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03-14-2013, 01:33 AM
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I for one hate league parity. Hate these tight races.

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03-14-2013, 01:48 AM
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With how dominant Chicago and Anaheim have been, thats probably a sign that the West IS weaker than the East. They're are two really solid teams who have beat up on the mediocrity abound in the West.
I look at the top of the east and see the Habs and think the east must be pretty weak.

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East conference = NBA = perdictable, soft
West conference = NFL = parity, excitment every game, tough

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I for one hate league parity. Hate these tight races.
Yet it has lead to record revenues and growth for the league.
There's nothing bad about.

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I for one hate league parity. Hate these tight races.
Don't get this sentiment at all. Why would you want a situation where there are no surprises and the games mean nothing with the favourites winning all the time? Sounds boring as hell.

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Eastern Conference:
158 games decided in regulation
19 decided in overtime
20 decided in the shootout

Western Conference
134 games decided in regulation
24 decided in overtime
34 decided in the shootout

Last time the race was this tight overall? 1994-95, duh.
Hah. Nice.

I think it's safe to say the West is better overall. But the top teams in each conference are not all that far off.

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03-14-2013, 02:17 AM
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The current top three teams (in no particular order - The Vancouver Canucks, ch,anh) are beginning to run away with it and probably will. 4-8 is still up in the air and up for grabs. I think st, der, na, ph and dls will sneak in...
Dude, I know you like your team, which is cool, but they're not Chicago or Anaheim.

Those are the only two teams that have a safe lead for the playoffs. It's going to be a dogfight with the rest of them.

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Don't get this sentiment at all. Why would you want a situation where there are no surprises and the games mean nothing with the favourites winning all the time? Sounds boring as hell.
Depends how you look at it. In 96 Detroit won 62 games , 62 in a league where there was no shootouts. It's interesting to see how other teams are built to combat that type of dominance. As a wings fan it was great but they did get upset more than once when they were a force by the Avs / Dallas / Ducks / Sharks . The lion gave the gazelle it's speed not the other way around. Having even teams is boring compared to watching Samson and Goliath.As it is now unless you luck/suck/tank in to talent you will spin your wheels. The best option to win a Cup is ride a hot goalie. Just ask fans of SJ or ANA how nuts they went when they upset Detroit,there is nothing like taking down the bully on the block. Believe it or not stacked teams make the teams around them better. There is no incentive for teams to get great these days , they can wallow mid-pack and make the same cash. Nashville V Calgary might be good in local markets for a SCF but is that what people really want to see? I would rather see Wings / Avs V Philly /Devils in the finals sirca 90's.. Best of the best. In my opinion the cap is killing hockey.

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03-14-2013, 02:21 AM
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Haha people are taking Steve Bennett seriously

He is the biggest "homer " on the site that just wants a rise out of people ahaha

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03-14-2013, 02:26 AM
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Depends how you look at it. In 96 Detroit won 62 games , 62 in a league where there was no shootouts. It's interesting to see how other teams are built to combat that type of dominance. As a wings fan it was great but they did get upset more than once when they were a force by the Avs / Dallas / Ducks / Sharks . The lion gave the gazelle it's speed not the other way around. Having even teams is boring compared to watching Samson and Goliath.As it is now unless you luck/suck/tank in to talent you will spin your wheels. The best option to win a Cup is ride a hot goalie. Just ask fans of SJ or ANA how nuts they went when they upset Detroit,there is nothing like taking down the bully on the block. Believe it or not stacked teams make the teams around them better. There is no incentive for teams to get great these days , they can wallow mid-pack and make the same cash. Nashville V Calgary might be good in local markets for a SCF but is that what people really want to see? I would rather see Wings / Avs V Philly /Devils in the finals sirca 90's.. Best of the best. In my opinion the cap is killing hockey.
I like it more now than ever before.

You have your opinion, but that's all it is.

In a gate driven league, parity will find new levels of pverall success than having a few Goliaths. Besides, the games are entertaining as hell much of the time. Each team battling because they believe they can win. I'll take that.

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03-14-2013, 02:49 AM
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I like it more now than ever before.

You have your opinion, but that's all it is.

In a gate driven league, parity will find new levels of pverall success than having a few Goliaths. Besides, the games are entertaining as hell much of the time. Each team battling because they believe they can win. I'll take that.
Part of my point is an owner just can't commit. Their hands are tied. Win at all costs are out the window. Detroit and the Avs did it and had success while the Rangers tried and failed , both fun to watch.The trade deadline is a bore compared to days past. Example Pitt / Chicago , all their success they have was a product of sucking. Boston / LA/ Pitt / Chicago were cellar dwellers 5-6 years ago.
Are you trying to tell me teams didn't get up when the Avs came to town back when? When Detroit came to town the home team didn't sell out?

I'll make it simple , If the league is better/healthy now than before ,why is the NHL not on ESPN anymore. The NHL would run early and late games on ESPN and ESPN2 in the playoffs in America. I get why some people might like it better , but is it really?

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03-14-2013, 03:11 AM
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East is weak. Conference is as soft as a cupcake. Cant wait til' the Wings are in the Central next year.

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I like how every statistic that could mean the west is good or that it's bad is automatically assumed to be meaning it's good

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Every team is a threat to win. Even the weak ones, like Calgary, Edmonton and Columbus, are playing spoilers right now. I am enjoying it, although each regulation loss feels 10x worse than last season, considering the implications.

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I was thinking the other day how grateful I am that I don't have to be stressed out about the standings every night.

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East conference = NBA = perdictable, soft
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Sounds about right.

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I wonder if this will be the year when a division leader makes the playoffs without being among the top 8. It's always a bigger threat in the East, but the West is so outrageously tight that you never know. Wouldn't take much for all of the Northwest to fall out of it.

And even in the East, Carolina is only 3 points above the 8th/9th place teams.

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