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03-16-2017, 06:15 PM
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Is the East now stronger than the West?

The Western conference now seems largely mediocre, the only real contenders seeming to be Chicago and the Sharks. Meanwhile the East has the Caps, Penguins, Jackets, Rangers all looking very strong plus the Bruins and maybe even Tampa (if they make it, they're a scary team to any first round opponent). Has the balance of power shifted?

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03-16-2017, 06:21 PM
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Skill and speed have proven to be a better combination than grit and toughness in today's variety of Hockey.

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03-16-2017, 06:29 PM
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Yes... theres like 2 good teams in the west and 4-5 in the east

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The Western Conference was never stronger than the East. It was just the Hawks and Kings were so much better than everyone else. It is no coincidence that the one year both the Kings and Hawks were one and done, a team from the East won the Cup.

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03-16-2017, 06:33 PM
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03-16-2017, 06:34 PM
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How is this a question?

Pens
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Rest of the league

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03-16-2017, 06:37 PM
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The Western conference now seems largely mediocre, the only real contenders seeming to be Chicago and the Sharks. Meanwhile the East has the Caps, Penguins, Jackets, Rangers all looking very strong plus the Bruins and maybe even Tampa (if they make it, they're a scary team to any first round opponent). Has the balance of power shifted?
How about the Minnesota Wild... 5th in the league, 2nd in GF, and 4th in GA isn't good enough for you?

Plus, if you're going to list the Boston Bruins, I think the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks definitely deserve a mention.

I'd say the conferences are about equal at the moment. However I will say that between between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, I definitely think the East has the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this year.

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03-16-2017, 07:02 PM
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How about the Minnesota Wild... 5th in the league, 2nd in GF, and 4th in GA isn't good enough for you?

Plus, if you're going to list the Boston Bruins, I think the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks definitely deserve a mention.

I'd say the conferences are about equal at the moment. However I will say that between between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, I definitely think the East has the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this year.


Sure.


However the wild have proven to be playoff chokers as have the blues (outside last year.)

So have the caps mind you, but the wild aren't going to win back to back president trophies.

They also peaked at the wrong time this year imo

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Last year was about even, IMO. I don't remember the inter-conference record, though.

This year, it's a clear advantage for the East.

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03-16-2017, 08:41 PM
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I think it was more just the Kings and Hawks being better than everyone more than the West being better than the East

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The Western conference now seems largely mediocre, the only real contenders seeming to be Chicago and the Sharks. Meanwhile the East has the Caps, Penguins, Jackets, Rangers all looking very strong plus the Bruins and maybe even Tampa (if they make it, they're a scary team to any first round opponent). Has the balance of power shifted?
The East is stronger than the West right now (about damn time), but there is no way the Rangers and Columbus are really much better contenders than the Wild or Anaheim, for example.

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It takes 16 teams in the East to equal 14 teams in the West



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03-16-2017, 08:53 PM
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How is this a question?

Pens
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Too bad they're on track to meet in first round.

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03-16-2017, 08:57 PM
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The Western conference now seems largely mediocre, the only real contenders seeming to be Chicago and the Sharks. Meanwhile the East has the Caps, Penguins, Jackets, Rangers all looking very strong plus the Bruins and maybe even Tampa (if they make it, they're a scary team to any first round opponent). Has the balance of power shifted?
Eastern teams have easy schedules, the west is still the best.

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I think it was more just the Kings and Hawks being better than everyone more than the West being better than the East
Nah... the West had the Sharks, Ducks, Preds, Canucks, Blues, Stars... pretty strong a few years ago. The last few teams have lost many vets or suffered injuries in recent times. The balance of power has switched over to the East for sure.

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Eastern teams have easy schedules, the west is still the best.
Fake news. I'm sure the canucks like to use that excuse. The future is so bad in vancouver. Wow.

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Eastern teams have easy schedules, the west is still the best.
Yeah remember SJ dominating the Pens in last years final. Clearly west>east

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East was a bit stronger than the west least year (narrowly won the head to head plus Eastern champion). This year however the east is much stronger.

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Eastern teams have easy schedules, the west is still the best.
Eastern teams also play more back to backs

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The strength has definitely turned to the East this year. I question even the best of the West. To me only Chicago has a decent chance to beat an East team. I don't think the Sharks are better than last year, and the Wild will have to prove their run isn't a fluke. The rest have significant flaws. Whoever wins the East will be my Cup favorite except maybe if they're playing Chicago.

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To be clear, it's really Metro >>>> rest of the league. The Atlantic division is pretty weak. Hard to consider ANY of those teams contenders.

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03-16-2017, 09:33 PM
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Um, yes.

I thought that was already established now. It's been that way since last season at least I believe.

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03-16-2017, 09:33 PM
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Not really. The metro is no doubt the best division right now but the Atlantic is also hands down the worst. I think it's as even as it's ever been right now.

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What are the inter conference records so far? Whichever conference had the better record against the other is better. Everything else is just opinion.

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