NHL 2012-13: Who Will Win the NHL's Pacific Division and Why?

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NHL 2012-13: Who Will Win the NHL's Pacific Division and Why?
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The Los Angeles Kings tasted success this season as the won Lord Stanley's Cup. Will they repeat???

The Pacific Division.

Home of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings

Home of the Western Conference Finals participant Phoenix Coyotes

The Pacific Division had three teams make the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

Many look at the division as we approach the 2012-13 season and see a stronger division than ever before. While the Kings stayed calm during the offseason, every other team made additions that they hope will bring them closer to toppling their division rival and current Stanley Cup Champions based in the City of Angels.

If you add the summer drama surrounding free agent Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes to the mix, this division could see a change in the balance of power before the season even begins. When Doan finally pens his name to a new contract, will it be with the only team he has ever known, the Phoenix Coyotes? Will he sign a rumored deal in Silicon Valley with the Sharks? Will he join the defending champions in Southern California even though they say they are now not all that interested? Or, will he leave the division and head back east?

This article will explore each team in the division, the additions they made, the losses they suffered and who will eventually prevail when the puck is dropped come September.

Do you agree with the analysis? Don't be afraid to let me know in the comments section below.

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