Hey now hockey fans, now that you’ve considered that stupit question, what should we talk about? I think it might be fun to talk about the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference. Or OutWest as the East Coast Proletariat like to describe it.
For the last several years, the perception that the West is a better conference overall could be validated in head to head matchups, and up until last year it would be true. The 2016-17 season is shaping up differently, as the East has shown dominance over the West in the first 20 games. For example, the Metro division has 5 teams with more than 20 points and the Atlantic 4 teams with 20 or more.
Contrasting that with the West, the Central has three teams with more than 20 and the Pacific three. In head to head competition, the East has won 55 and the West 41 games respectively. That’s a whopping 57% to 43% winning percentage, although not exactly a mandate.
Montreal has the best record in hockey and its no wonder with fans like this:
The Rangers are leading the Metro and the league in goals for with a stunning 4.11 goals per game. They’ve scored 74 goals in 18 games, the next closest is the Flyers with 62. Caps are right there also and Pittsburgh continues to show why they won the Cup last year with their blend of speed, great goaltending and timely scoring from their MVP Sidney Crosby. His hair is on fire. OutWest analysis tonight