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Just how far is the East from the West?

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?

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