2013 NHL Preview: The Northwest Division

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by Puck

Hockey Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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*These are my previews for every NHL division and my predictions of what lies ahead for all five teams of all six divvies in this shortened, 48-game regular season. I intend to keep each team’s summary to two sentences or less. Not because I’m succinct or concise, but because I’m tired and lazy and I don’t want to write very much.

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NORTHWEST DIVISION

Vancouver Canucks: It seems like they’ve never not won this division, but two President’s Trophies and a promising past two seasons will do that. They’re injured, they’re getting a little older, and they still don’t have a definite No. 1 goaltender.

Edmonton Oilers: Young, but feeble. In a 48-game schedule, though, the Oilers could get off to a hot start that’s just too hard to screw up.

Minnesota Wild: So, they signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter more, like $100 million each. It seems like they’ve vastly upgraded their team, but most forget the Wild weren’t that bad before anyway.

Colorado Avalanche: Their chemistry is Ford Tough, and Gabriel Landeskog will win the Selke Trophy in just his second year in the league.

Calgary Flames: Sure, they’re the terrible, terrible Flames, but Roman Cervenka and Sven Baertschi give them their (basically) first-ever potential Calder Trophy winners.

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Predicted Standings:

1. Minnesota Wild

2. Edmonton Oilers

3. Vancouver Canucks

4. Colorado Avalanche

5. Calgary Flames

Overview:

Realistically, four teams from this division could make the playoffs. It’s the strongest five-team group in the Western Conference this year. The only problem here is that they have to all play each for for almost the entire season, so that sucks.

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