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Eklund
Commissioner
Joined: 09.15.2005

Jun 29 @ 11:30 AM ET
Eklund: The Eastern Conference Teams More Physical?
FoxMulder
Nashville Predators
Location: Christiana, TN
Joined: 02.26.2018

Jun 29 @ 11:36 AM ET
This likely comes down to which conference you're more familiar with. I'm more familiar with the West so they seem tougher and the East seems more finesse.
Woodcrker
New York Rangers
Location: Roseville, CA
Joined: 03.01.2010

Jun 29 @ 12:00 PM ET
In the playoffs, the who does the more hitting thing seems to go out the window. The thing that truly seems to matter is how big teams are. And that is where the west still has that advantage.
RogerRoeper
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 03.27.2007

Jun 29 @ 12:15 PM ET
In the playoffs, the who does the more hitting thing seems to go out the window. The thing that truly seems to matter is how big teams are. And that is where the west still has that advantage.
- Woodcrker

Not based on facts.
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Jun 29 @ 12:27 PM ET
In the playoffs, the who does the more hitting thing seems to go out the window. The thing that truly seems to matter is how big teams are. And that is where the west still has that advantage.
- Woodcrker


No,

and also no.
leafsfann
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 05.11.2014

Jun 29 @ 12:29 PM ET
It's more like who gets away with the most obstruction. If you want to call that being physical?
RogerRoeper
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 03.27.2007

Jun 29 @ 12:32 PM ET
It's more like who gets away with the most obstruction. If you want to call that being physical?
- leafsfann


Skill does overcome obstruction.
leafsfann
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 05.11.2014

Jun 29 @ 12:34 PM ET
Skill does overcome obstruction.
- RogerRoeper


Does it? They didn't call pre lockout the dead puck era For nothing.
gergeswillems
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Malkin wants to be The Man, ON
Joined: 02.01.2016

Jun 29 @ 12:35 PM ET
Does it? They didn't call pre lockout the dead puck era For nothing.
- leafsfann

Hudson Bay rules.
Nighthawk
Vancouver Canucks
Location: North of the 49th, BC
Joined: 01.09.2015

Jun 29 @ 12:36 PM ET
LAK won 2 cups. Over & out rubber ducky.
leafsfann
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 05.11.2014

Jun 29 @ 12:38 PM ET
Hudson Bay rules.
- gergeswillems


The fuddy duddy retailer?
gergeswillems
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Malkin wants to be The Man, ON
Joined: 02.01.2016

Jun 29 @ 12:38 PM ET
In the playoffs, the who does the more hitting thing seems to go out the window. The thing that truly seems to matter is how big teams are. And that is where the west still has that advantage.
- Woodcrker

gergeswillems
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Malkin wants to be The Man, ON
Joined: 02.01.2016

Jun 29 @ 12:39 PM ET
The fuddy duddy retailer?
- leafsfann

Yes.
Squatchy
Nashville Predators
Location: Clarksville, TN
Joined: 05.09.2018

Jun 29 @ 12:41 PM ET
If we're speaking historically, of course it's the east, but in recent years, more teams in the West still tend to lean towards a more physical, 'heavier' style of play. When I think of the East, I think of teams like Toronto and Tampa flying up and down the ice. With such a emphasis in today's game being placed on speed, especially on mobile puck-moving defensemen, the number of teams willing to commit to or emphasis a heavier style of play is rapidly dwindling anyway. For the purpose of answering your question though, more teams have come out of the West in recent years that I would call physical hard-hitting teams than the East.
oldduffman
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 11.06.2013

Jun 29 @ 12:55 PM ET
LAK won 2 cups. Over & out rubber ducky.
- Nighthawk

Blackhawks won 3 and the clucks zero
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Jun 29 @ 12:56 PM ET
If we're speaking historically, of course it's the east, but in recent years, more teams in the West still tend to lean towards a more physical, 'heavier' style of play. When I think of the East, I think of teams like Toronto and Tampa flying up and down the ice. With such a emphasis in today's game being placed on speed, especially on mobile puck-moving defensemen, the number of teams willing to commit to or emphasis a heavier style of play is rapidly dwindling anyway. For the purpose of answering your question though, more teams have come out of the West in recent years that I would call physical hard-hitting teams than the East.
- Squatchy


The lightning are one of the biggest, most physical teams in the league.
PT21
Philadelphia Flyers
Joined: 03.04.2008

Jun 29 @ 1:20 PM ET
The most vivid counterexample I can think of in the past 20 odd years is the Ducks-Sens finals. Sens were such a skill team. But right after game 1, it was clear it was a physical mismatch. Pronger and Beauchemin and Getzlaf just bullied them.
DrunkFan
Joined: 02.26.2018

Jun 29 @ 1:35 PM ET
Eklund: The Eastern Conference Teams More Physical?
- Eklund


NO
DrunkFan
Joined: 02.26.2018

Jun 29 @ 1:36 PM ET
This likely comes down to which conference you're more familiar with. I'm more familiar with the West so they seem tougher and the East seems more finesse.
- FoxMulder



Ek doesn’t watch western hockey, just ask Gerges or Kooly
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Jun 29 @ 1:44 PM ET
f you want to talk just hits, Ek is right.

7 of the top 10 teams in the NHL in hits are in the East.
Doogs
Season Ticket Holder
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Pittsburgh , PA
Joined: 09.16.2005

Jun 29 @ 1:53 PM ET
Saying the East thins it down. If you said the Metro division, then h ell yes. There is genuine dislike for most every team that is in that division. Nearly every match-up could be argued as a rivalry to a degree.
gergeswillems
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Malkin wants to be The Man, ON
Joined: 02.01.2016

Jun 29 @ 2:12 PM ET
Ek doesn’t watch western hockey, just ask Gerges or Kooly
- DrunkFan

He doesn't. Not since he saved the Preds.
FLAMESTR
Season Ticket Holder
Florida Panthers
Location: Calgary, AB
Joined: 09.19.2005

Jun 29 @ 2:23 PM ET
Eklund: The Eastern Conference Teams More Physical?
- Eklund


I think the Flames and Knights play a pretty rough game. The west can hold its own thank you very much.
Hawkeynation
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 05.29.2020

Jun 29 @ 2:54 PM ET
Any perception that the East Coast is tougher is based on East Coast bias and is total nonsense. Player on every team come from all over the world and don't pick teams based on how physical they are.

It's not like college football where great defensive prospects would be more inclined to go to the SEC or Big 10 based on reputation, rather than the Big 12 or Pac 12
GalacticStone
Tampa Bay Lightning
Location: Oort Cloud, FL
Joined: 01.29.2013

Jun 29 @ 2:55 PM ET
After getting a beatdown from Torts and Columbus, Tampa toughened up. Added Maroon and Schenn. Between them, Bogo, Coburn, Cernak, and Paquette, nobody is going to push the Bolts around this year.
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