As of September 28, there have been 24 games played between eastern and western teams. Eleven games have been played in the west and all eleven were won by the west. However, there were 13 east-west games played in the east and the west has won 7 while the eastern teams have won 6. Despite some of the poorer teams being in the east the record is much more even when the games are played in the east.
Much has been said about the effects that the time difference can have on players and I believe that the record to date points this out quite eloquently. Eastern teams are at a disadvantage when travelling west and it’s high time the league did something about it.
This situation should be corrected before a franchise is ever granted to a city in the maritimes, Games starting at 7PM in Vancouver would be equivalent to an 11PM start for the team from the maritimes and for them would end around 2AM.
I believe that games played in the west between eastern and western teams should never start later than 5PM local time.
This problem is one of the main causes for the disparity that presently exists between east and west and should be at the top of the board of governors’ agenda. The present situation is unfair to the teams, the players and the fans.