The Vancouver Canucks have taken home the Northwest Division crown each of the last three seasons, and the odds are in favor of them making it four straight in 2011-2012.
The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers are both in rebuilding mode, while the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild are both fringe playoff contenders at the very best.
Vancouver enters this season with more pressure on them than any team in the league. They start off the season without two of their best players, Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin, and Roberto Luongo is fresh off one of the worst flops in Stanley Cup history.
So, does anyone have a shot at knocking off the Canucks? Here are 12 things you need to know about the Northwest Division in 2011-2012.