2013 NHL Predictions: Northwest Division Preview

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2013 NHL Predictions: Northwest Division Preview
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"Gee, I dunno, Dan. Minny looks pretty okay this year."

Not known as the the strongest division in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks often beat up on the weaker Northwest Division teams to earn a bunch of points and win the West. How was the West won? By being a pretty good team in a pretty weak division with a guy named Henrik and his clone Daniel. Swedish twins? I thought it was just a legend.

Calgary barely missed the playoffs despite finishing with a decent 37-29-16 record.

Colorado's youth almost ended a playoff drought but fell short.

Edmonton rebuilt...again.

Minnesota stole the free agency show and looks to jump into the playoffs for the first time in four years and the fourth time in franchise history.

Vancouver won a second consecutive President's Trophy but failed to perform in the postseason...again.

The arrival of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in Minnesota shakes up the division significantly. The Canucks look to continue dominance in the Northwest and should, despite a much, much stronger team in Minnesota.

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