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In NHL, the west is the best

The return of interconference play should be a boost to teams in the Western Conference. From the 2009-10 season to 2011-12, all but two of the 15 teams in the West had a winning record when playing teams from the East.

VS. EASTERN CONFERENCE

Vancouver; 35-16-3

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St. Louis; 34-13-7

Colorado; 33-14-7

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San Jose; 33-17-4

Chicago; 32-14-8

*Detroit; 31-17-6

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Los Angeles; 31-17-6

Nashville; 30-15-9

Anaheim; 28-19-7

Calgary; 26-18-10

Dallas; 26-21-7

Phoenix; 25-19-10

*Columbus; 25-20-9

Edmonton; 23-25-6

Minnesota; 21-23-10

VS. WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pittsburgh; 33-13-8

Buffalo; 31-16-7

Philadelphia; 28-17-9

NY Rangers; 28-23-3

Boston; 26-20-8

Washington; 26-24-4

NY Islanders; 25-18-11

Tampa Bay; 25-20-9

New Jersey; 25-24-5

Carolina; 23-24-7

Toronto; 23-26-5

Montreal; 22-24-8

*Winnipeg; 22-26-6

Ottawa; 21-26-7

Florida; 19-23-12

(* -- switched conferences in this season’s realignment).

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