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Coyotes GM Maloney: “Unlike every other division in the NHL, there are no weak teams in the Pacific”

May 8, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

Don Maloney AP

Prior to advancing to the first all-Pacific Western Conference final in league history, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney took some time to rep his division.

From an email to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

“Unlike every other division in the NHL, there are no weak teams in the Pacific. Look at the two Pacific Division clubs who missed the playoffs: after a poor start to the season, Anaheim had one of the best records in the league for 3-4 months and only faded at the very end of the season. Dallas won 11 games in a row in March and barely missed the postseason.

“You could certainly argue the Atlantic and Central divisions were strong this year. However, top to bottom, you never go into a game against a Pacific Division opponent expecting an easy night, which speaks volumes to the division’s strength and depth.”

Maloney’s got a point…sorta.

Balance was a big part of the Pacific this year. It was the only division to have three 90-plus point teams and none with less than 80, though the Atlantic came awfully close (the Rangers, Pens, Flyers and Devils all were 100-plus and the Isles had 79.)

Of course, head-to-head matchups tell a different story.

Atlantic vs. Pacific this year: 18-8-6
Pacific vs. Atlantic: 14-10-8

Central vs. Pacific this year: 56-39-5
Pacific vs. Central: 44-47-9

  1. sweezz - May 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    4 teams from the atlantic got in right? ANd most likey 2 will be in the ECFs right? meaning 1 out of 3 remaining in the atlantic will be playing for the stanley cup right? ….Well unless washington pulls their head out of their arse

  2. pastabelly - May 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    It’s all garbage. There is so much parity in the NHL that the hottest and most healthy teams advance. The teams in your division don’t matter once the playoffs start. I don’t think the Bruins would be any better or worse off if Montreal and Toronto didn’t suck as much as they did. Washington and NY barely got by Boston and Ottawa. There’s very little separating teams right now.

  3. lsxphotog - May 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Hmm, I guess the Columbus Blue Jackets were so bad he forgot they were in the Western conference?

    I think the teams in the East are much faster.

  4. barroomhero80 - May 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM


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