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Five reasons the East can win

Updated: April 10, 2007, 12:19 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

When you look at the final regular-season standings, you don't have to be a math major to see that the balance of the league's power resides in the Western Conference. There are seven 100-point teams there. That remains a substantial accomplishment despite the proliferation of three-point games.

If you need more proof, consider this: The final three seeds in the East -- the Rangers, Lightning and Islanders -- didn't garner enough points to have qualified for a spot in the West. The Southeast ...

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