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Top Scorers In The West Conference

Over the last several years the West Conference has been significantly better than the East Conference in head-to-head games.  This season the East Conference is catching up.  This may be a short term thing caused by the collapse of the Pacific Division and most of the Northwest Division (except for Vancouver), but right now the West Conference is barely better than the East Conference.  In head-to-head games the West has a 127-125 record with 39 regulation tie points. 

Despite being the slightly weaker conference, the East Conference has most of the top scorers in the league.  If the conferences are approximately equal, their scoring should be approximately equal.  The top scorers show this isn’t the case.

Here are the top ten scorers in the West Conference:

Top 10 Scorers In The West Conference So Far In 2011/12
Rank  
Player   
Team
Pts
Rank In NHL
1Marian HossaChi74

7

2Jordan EberleEdm70

11

3Henrik SedinVan70

13

4Ray WhitneyPhx69

14

5Loui ErikssonDal68

15

6Joe ThorntonSJ68

16

7Daniel SedinVan67

17

8Anze KopitarLA65

22

9Patrick SharpChi64

24

10Jarome IginlaCal62

27



There are 17 East Conference scorers before there are ten in the West Conference.  No West Conference scorer is ahead of Marian Hossa, who is the seventh highest scorer in the league.  Only one of the top ten scorers in the league is a West Conference player.  The West Conference is lower scoring.  Perhaps that means these scorers are better than we imagine they are because their conference has kept their scoring down.

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sjketcheson's avatar

If the conferences are approximately equal, their scoring should be approximately equal.

What?

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/22/12 at 06:02 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

If the conferences are approximately equal, their scoring should be approximately equal.  The top scorers show this isn’t the case.

I completely agree with the logic of this statement.  I think Evgeni Malkin would probably score far more playing against super elite talent than he would against, like, the Santa Carla High Vampires recreational team, ‘cause they really suck.  No one would score a lot against such bad competition.

hey. Wait a minute.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/22/12 at 09:52 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Obviously a good offensive threat would have more points in the better conference, you know where the defenses are better.  Right?

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 03/23/12 at 12:39 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

They’ve grown apart a little.  The game is played slighty differently in each side, simply because they’ve evolved in semi-isolation.  I’m sure travel has a tonne to do with it.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/23/12 at 03:53 AM ET

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