Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: Why Is the East Closing the Gap on the West This Season?

February 17th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

Since the lockout that cost the NHL an entire season, the West has been the superior conference in every season since 2005-06. That's nine consecutive seasons in which the West has taken more points in head-to-head matchups with the East, and most times it hasn't been that close.

That's changing this season.

Sort of. It's still the West's world. If this was the board game Risk, the East would have grabbed hold of Ukraine and some Middle East territories but would still be a couple dice roles from extinction.

But it's worth attempting to figure out how the East has partly gotten off the mat.

This is what the West has done to the East since 2005-06.

After the Kings beat the Lightning and the Flames defeated the Bruins on Monday night, the West has a points percentage of .578, which is still evidence of its superiority, even if it has slipped from last season. It also speaks to the gap closing, as that is as tight as it's been between the East and West since the lockout save for the 2008-09 season.

The question I have is...why? That doesn't compute. Maybe that's be ...

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