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“Ferocious Hockey” Being Played In The Western Conference

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

(John) Forslund is one of NBC’s play-by-play announcers during the NHL playoffs. He was dispatched to southern California on April 29, and he is still there. His is an interesting perch. After an entire (half) season of calling Eastern Conference games as the voice of the Carolina Hurricanes, he is getting an in-your-face view of the West.

“There is a level of playoff hockey being played in the West that is different from the East,” Forslund said. “I’ve been saying that for years, but this year it is more pronounced. That first-round series, St. Louis against LA — it started as soon as the puck dropped. Seeing it live is something else — but it comes across on TV, too, and if you can see it on TV you know it’s unbelievable.”

Forslund has done four Ducks-Red Wings games, two Sharks-Canucks games, three Blues-Kings games and five Sharks-Kings games — 14 in 20 days, live and in color. He has seen the West at its best.

“It’s ferocious hockey,” Forslund said. “There is more structure, more balance and there is depth throughout the lineups. The West has morphed into a bigger, stronger and, at many times, faster conference. These teams have all evolved as they’ve tried to keep up with one another.”

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w2j2's avatar

Food For Thought:

How much could 1 ferocious coach, over many years, influence the quality of hockey in an NHL conference?

cool hmm

Posted by w2j2 on 05/25/13 at 08:46 AM ET

TeamDub's avatar

The West has morphed into a bigger, stronger and, at many times, faster conference. These teams have all evolved as they’ve tried to keep up with the Detroit Red Wings.


Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 05/25/13 at 09:55 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I’ve said this for years now with reason and evidence.

When the West wins the Cup, they win in 6 or often less games.  When the East wins, it takes them 7 games, period, never less.  The East has not won a Cup in less than 7 games since 2000 when the Devils won in 6 games.

This is not up for debate… it’s fact.


The West has been an absolute gauntlet for years now.  The WCF is often the two best teams in hockey facing off.  The East’s only way of winning seems to involve wearing the Western team down and then taking a 7th game.  The West has less in the way of super-high-paid superstars, and conequently those teams can fit more/better depth under the cap.  The Eastern markets are still hung up on paying the superstars (Crosby & Malkin, Ovechkin, Chara, Stamkos & Lecavalier, etc) to sell tickets are draw eyeballs.  Compare payrolls of a DET or a CHI to the payrolls of PIT, WAS, TB, NYR, BOS… and you’ll see the trend and differences.  A $6m/yr guy in the West might make $8m in the East with the way they spend.

It’s very interesting to see Forslund saying this.  Arace is not wrong, Forslund is uniquely qualified to comment, having seen healthy doses of both conferences.  I’m fascinated that he’d come right out and say it though.

I will be very curious to see what realignment does to the power between conferences.  The West loses DET and CBS and gains WIN, the East wins out in talent with that trade obviously.

Posted by Primis on 05/25/13 at 02:12 PM ET

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