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West is best early in 2013-14 NHL season

Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler (17) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Chris...

Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler (17) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Chris Higgins late during NHL play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

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There were a few things to like about the lockout-shortened schedule last year.

There was no training camp and once the season started, there were lots of games every night.

Judging by the way things have gone so far in the 2013-14 season, the Eastern-based teams had to like the fact they didn’t have to play the teams from the West last season.

Sure, the teams in the East did pretty well against their Western counterparts in the last full season. In the 2011-12 season, the East had a 134-99-37 record against the West (which, if you flip it around, is pretty much a .500 record, thanks to the loser point, since the West was 136-93-41).


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