In yesterday's Game Thread, I snidely remarked that the Capitals' record was inflated because they played in the Eastern conference. This was mostly a joke, but this season has seen the West be typically more highly regarded than the East.
That got me thinking: myth or reality?
If you read the comments at the Rink, you're probably aware I'm not much of a statistician. That said, I thought I'd delve into the question a little further with some basic math...
West vs. East
Total Record: 131-76-22
Points Earned: 282
East vs. West
Total Record: 99-103-32
Points Earned: 230
Key Eastern Stats
Average Goals Per Game: 2.75
Average Goals Against Per Game: 2.80
Key Western Stats
Average Goals Per Game: 2.77
Average Goals Against Per Game: 2.51
Obviously, some very cursory statistics there. What did we learn? The West has owned the East in inter-conference play, and Eastern Conference teams on average are operating at a negative goal differential, but both conferences score at roughly the same rate.
Anyway, I'm not using these statistics to draw a conclusion. This is your launching pad for a discussion- who's better, East or West?