by PuckStopsHere on 03/22/12 at 03:23 PM ET
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:
Rank In NHL
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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