by PuckStopsHere on 03/09/13 at 06:07 PM ET
I have written several times (as recently as Thursday) about how poorly the teams in the Southeast Division are doing. They have been historically weak and this season is no exception. So far this season the Northwest Division is not doing much better statistically. The Northwest teams have three more points than the Southeast teams. Only the Vancouver Canucks would make the playoffs if the season ended right now. The other four teams are the four worst teams in the West Conference aside from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Northwest Division is not as weak as the Southeast Division in part because they don't have the same historical record of ineptness. Many of the Northwest teams have been strong in the past. The Northwest Division is hampered a bit by the fact that it is the largest division geographically and thus always has traffic problems. Thus these teams are better than their record shows if travel effects can be removed from their stats. This division is also better than the Southeast Division because the West Conference is better than the East Conference. That said it is one of the worse divisions in hockey today.
The scoring stars of this division are the Sedin brothers. They are a bit back from the scoring lead right now and this may be a sign that they have past their career peaks. Matt Duchene of Colorado and Sam Gagner of Edmonton are also having strong starts to the season.
The Northwest Division has fallen on hard times. It does not have the strength it once did. It will be interesting to see if its teams rebound or if they continue to struggle into the future. Re-alignment may change things a bit but right now the division is down.
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