So we're all wondering how this move to the East is going to affect the Red Wings' Win-Loss record. OK, maybe wondering is not the right word, since most of us who've been watching have seen the difference in competition between the East and the West. But let's stop bad-mouthing the East with common sense.....lets bad-mouth them with statistics.
-Lets take a look at the most recent year where West played the East (2011-2012). Looking at our division as a whole, so that we can have a big enough sample size to accurately compare, our division fared pretty well. The Central Division had a record of 50-28-12 against the East. That means we dominated everyone, and this includes the dead-last place Columbus Bluejackets that year.
-If we want to look at just the Red Wings performance against the East, we'll use the last 5 years that we played against the East to give us a sense of how we've matched up. Over that time we went 50-24-10. That comes out to a 107 point season(pro-rating this 84 game sample into 82 games).
-If we want to look at how we might perform within the Atlantic division next year, we can take a look at how we've done against the (former) Northeast division. Since this essentially includes the teams we are competing against with Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo, and Toronto. In this same 5 year span the Red Wings went 20-8-1. This would come out to a 115 point season if pro-rated to 82 games. If we take only the most recent 3 years we played them, we went 14-4 against the Northeast (4-2 in 2011-2012, 6-0 in 2010-2011, and 4-2 in 2009-2010) which would equal a 127 point season if prorated out to a full 82 game season.
Need we say more?