You are mistaken buddy. The West puts up more points in spite of the fact that many West conf teams have horrendous travel schedules (Especially the likes of Edmonton and Dallas, Dallas especially who plays in a div where no other team plays in the same time zone as them, and in fact hjave a 2 hr difference). Most leastern conference (Except the Southleastern conf of course) teams have cake travel schedules, like the NYC area teams who regularly bus to play many division rivals and or take very short flights for many divisonal opps. Western conf has two teams in the Eastern Time zone, but the Eastern Conf has zero teams even in the Central time zone, let alone mountain/pacific. Thus nobody in the leastern conf makes conferernce game trips as long as LA's twice a year journey to Columbus, for example. Even with all of that, it took 95 points to be an 8 seed in the West. Objectively even that Flyers fan there probably would have been scared to see 6 or 7 of the 8 West conf playoff teams in the Stanley Cup Final, not just Chicago. Hell all the talk was CHI/SJ was really the SC final, kind of like the 49ers/Cowboys NFC title games in the 90's and the Colts/Pats AFC title games in the 00's. Get over your bias and look at the league objectively.