Northwest: Sedin provides big assist in Canucks push for first

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Photo: Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin has his team in contention for the President's Trophy thanks to a seven point week (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

With just the Canucks heading to the playoffs from the Northwest Division, the other teams haven’t been playing for anything more than pride. That doesn’t mean that the other teams have been slacking off, though, with two of our three stars of the week for Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 coming from non-playoff teams.

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Pacific: Smith superb between the pipes for Coyotes

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Photo: Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith received much applause in the past week following a three shutout performance for his club as they battle for the Pacific title (courtesy of

Chris Pondy/Icon SMI)

While Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith's name might not grab you, his play of late has taken the Coyotes by the lapels and dragged them into the playoffs and a shot at the Pacific Division title. For his strong play this past week, Smith was named one of the Pacific's three stars of the week for Mar. 30-Apr. 5.

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Northeast: Senators’ Karlsson is the division’s most valuable player

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Photo: Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (L) and Jason Spezza (R) are two of the main reasons that the Senators will be making a playoff appearance this season (courtesy of

Jean-Yves Ahern/Icon SMI)

With the 2011-12 NHL season winding down, this seems like as good a time as any to present awards to players and coaches in the Northeast Division.

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Pacific: Kings’ Quick top player in division

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Photo: Unheralded goaltender Jonathan Quick has led the Los Angeles Kings throughout much of the 2011-12 season and taking his game to another level (courtesy of

Ric Tapia/Icon SMI)

The Pacific Division could be summarized in a single word this season: Parity. While the teams have experienced difficulty separating themselves from one another, there have been some immensely successful individuals who have stood out among their peers in the Pacific.

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Northwest: Canucks snag two division awards

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Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle had a breakout season in 2011-12, making him a top player in both his division as well as the NHL (courtesy of

Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The puck drops on the last game of the NHL's regular season on Apr. 7 in San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET, which means that we’re roughly two days from teams’ seasons either being over, or just beginning.

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