Eight reasons why west is best in NHL

The west is best in the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks, led by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, are the...

The west is best in the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks, led by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, are the cream of the conference crop. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

The west is best.

The east is least.

In the salary cap world of the 2014 National Hockey League playoffs, those seem to be the givens.

That doesn’t mean an Eastern Conference team can’t make a concentrated run to the Stanley Cup, especially with the Western Conference teams threatening to physically inflict a beating on each other. Whichever side wins the first-round series between the Kings and Sharks, for example, might be spent by the time it reaches the next series.

Whatever the case, the West, from top to bottom, seems to be the superior bracket. With eight teams in each conference having qualified for the playoffs, here are eight reasons why.


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