Inspired by Meg's post.
8 of the top 10 teams in terms of win percentage are from the West.
7 of the bottom 10 teams are from the east, and those 3 western teams are all Canadien, typical.
The West is 95-40-17 against the east this season. That is a blowout, it's not even close.
Only 4 teams in the east have a winning record against the west, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, and Tampa Bay.
In terms of individual play, 39 of the top 60 players in points, are from the West.
I should get some more numbers for you guys, but I am lazy, so I will let Kings17 from HFBoards finish my argument for me.
When you look at the "old" Pacific Division, no other division has this:
You need a guy like one of these just for starters to compete in the Pacific Division, which is why until they get one for themselves Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton will be bringing up the rear.
And some follow up comments by other people.
Its been a big body arms race for a while now. Every team in the old Pacific, had to have big skilled forwards or you don't win.
This is why when the East talks about defensive centers I can't relate. Most of the players they rave about would get beaten down in the Pacific. While good in their own right and against similar competition they do well but in this context they would not. How would Turris do facing these four on a regular basis? The smallest one is Kopitar and he is 6'3 225 and has tremendous skill. Its just a different world
Getzlaf - 6'4 221lbs over a point per game.
Thorton - 6'4 220 over a point per game.
Kopitar - 6'3 224lbs just one game off a point per game pace.
Hanzal - 6'6 230lbs at a point per game pace.
All play a physical game. This is what pretty much shaped the Pacific. Now it's time for EDM and Calgary to adjust. Sedin isn't a tiny payer and definitely is extremely skilled, but he doesn't play the same "mean" game these guys can and often do.
NHL is like every other business, east is PR department and west side is where they play hockey