2011-12 NHL Northwest Division Rankings and Fantansy Projections

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The 2011-12 NHL season is already under way, and the action on the ice is already heating up.  After a summer filled with lots of on and off ice movement, but also  much  tragedy, the hockey world looks towards a new quest toward Lord Stanley’s Cup.  How do the teams in each division compare to one another?  Who will be the big fantasy players this season?  We take a division by division look at the 2011-12 NHL season.   Let’s take a look at the Northwest Division after the jump.

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St. Louis Blues Need to Realize Money is Power

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Let me begin by quoting a great American, Gordon Gekko.  “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”.  At some point, the Blues must adhere to these words of wisdom and take the advice of this Wall Street felon.  Note to Blues ownership, get greedy and obsess about winning  a Stanley Cup.

But first, let’s dive into some of the real issues the Bluenote are experiencing.  Anybody with half a hockey brain is fully aware of the injuries which have plagued the team so far this season.  They have been without three of their top forwards for much of the campaign.  So until they see the shining faces of T.J Oshie (broken ankle, expected back near the All-Star break), David Perron (concussion, no timetable set for his return) and Andy McDonald (see David Perron), this squad will continue to struggle lighting the lamp.

The power play is a bigger joke than the United States Government.  Try to digest some of these numbers.  The team ranks 26th in the league at a 14.9% success rate.  Only Edmonton, New Jersey, Columbus and Florida are weaker.  To put into better perspective, Vancouver leads the league at 25%.  For those of you who did not finish grade school, that’s 10%  better than the Blues.

Here’s some more disturbing facts.

By Dave Frederick

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