When I noticed that Vancouver had handily won the Western Conference, but the other four teams in their division didn’t even make the playoffs, it begged the question, did Vancouver do well just by beating up on crappy teams in their division, or were they great, and teams like Calgary struggled because they had to play powerhouse Vancouver six times.
With a breakdown of record by division, it stands out that the western playoff-bound teams beat up on the Northwest division, but only Vancouver also beat up on the Pacific and Central. Only San Jose came close to Vancouver’s record, but they didn’t hold up against the East.
Vancouver is legit. Hopefully they can turn regular season success into a long playoff run. Anything less than taking the conference final to 7 games should be considered a failure. Go ‘Nucks!