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The Vancouver Canucks stumbled out of the gate this 2011-12 NHL season, but the team has since found their way back with a record of 30-15-4. Now, the Canucks are where they should have been all season long:
On top of the Northwest Division.
With the way the Canucks are playing, along with the significant drop of the Minnesota Wild, expect Vancouver to clinch the top spot easily by seasons' end.
The main reason for the Vancouver success has been the Swedish duo: Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Together they have posted 51 and 52 points respectively.
Vancouver can also thank its overall depth–nine players have recorded at least 25 or more points so far this season.
If the Vancouver Canucks want to capture the division title, all they need to do is keep winning hockey games.
Expect the Minnesota Wild to continue their drop in the standings as they are without their captain and leading playmaker due to an upper body injury.
In the meantime, expect to see the Calgary Flames make a push for the playoffs. That will lead them into second place in the Northwest Division.
General Manager Jay Feaster has already said on numerous occasions that the Calgary Flames will be looking to make a push for the playoffs.
They have recently acquired sniper Mike Cammalleri from the Montreal Canadiens. Expect to see Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla start lighting the lamp in Calgary very soon as chemistry within the lines starts to click.