NHL: West Continues Early Season Dominance with Duck, Jet Victories
If you’re a team in the Eastern Conference, you are very likely not looking forward to playing a Western Conference opponent.
With Monday night’s Anaheim Duck victory over the New York Rangers and the Winnipeg Jets taking care of the Detroit Red Wings, the Western Conference has now improved to an astonishing 63-26-9 versus their Eastern Conference counterparts.
It’s safe to say the balance of power is out west as other then the Edmonton Oilers, who have 8 points so far on the season, every other team in the west has at least 14 points. In the east, there are still 8 teams who have less than 14 points. The league’s top 3 teams in terms of points: the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, all of course reside out west.
Sure as the season moves along things will even out….a bit. That being said, at the end of the day, top to bottom the Western Conference is not only strong at the top, but possesses such outstanding parity that there are truly no easy games or weak links. Sure the Oilers look bad right now, they have goaltending issues and a questionable defensive core, but they also possess a potentially dangerous young forward group. The Calgary Flames were the team that many expected to be at the bottom of the Pacific Division and Western Conference, but this club currently sits at .500 and is a hard working team with nothing to lose. That makes for a dangerous hockey club. Don’t get me wrong they are still a few years away from playoff contention, but they should remain competitive throughout the season.
Tuesday will be a fairly busy night in the NHL with 9 games in total and 4 of those games featuring East and West teams battling each other. Will the trend continue?
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