If you’re a Canadian hockey fan reading these words on Central, Mountain or Pacific time, congratulations—your home team is in the best conference in hockey. The East may have the longer history in the league, the bigger superstars and the larger fanbases, but the West—crucially—is better at hockey. Check the head-to-head inter-conference stats from last season, the goals scored, the games won. Check the recent spread of Stanley Cups. These days, the west really is best.
(Note: If you’re a Canadian hockey fan in the Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, don’t go getting too smug: Those local teams? Collectively they were the four worst in the West last season.)