Central: Umberger finishing strong for Blue Jackets

by Andrew Sykes
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Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger has struck the celebratory pose several times in recent games as the Blue Jackets wrap up a disappointing season on a high note (courtesy of

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In what was an up-and-down week for the top four teams in the NHL's Central Division, it is a member of the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets who walks away with the first star of the week for Mar 30-Apr 5.

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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

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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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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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Central: Rinne headlines end-of-season awards in division

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Photo: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been a prime reason for his team's success in the 2011-12 season (courtesy of

Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

While the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks tend to receive more press, the Nashville Predators have quietly put together a strong season. Their performance in 2011-12 has not gone unnoticed here, with three of the five Central Division awards going to Predators' players.

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