All season long, there has been a lot of dialogue and discourse about how the Western Conference is a lot stronger than the East. Analysts heralded that the teams in the West were better, the game was faster, and the stats guys backed it up.
As it stands now, seven of the top ten teams in the standings are from the West, and five of the bottom six teams are from the East. This makes the West, statistically speaking, much deeper and more competitive. Indeed, most NHL experts will tell you that they favor a team from the West to win it all, such as the Ducks or the Blues.
Fret not, Bruins fans. I’ve been digging up some research and reading reports, and I’m here to tell you right now that not only should you not fear the West, you shouldn’t fear any team in hockey. I”m going to take a systematic look at the six powerhouse teams in the West and tell you why the Black and Gold could and indeed should beat them.
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