Northwest Division race a five-team sprint to finish

Updated: March 20, 2008, 1:07 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

CALGARY, Alberta -- If the NHL goes back to tradition-drenched conference names, it should call the Northwest the Eddie Shack Division.

It has been that crazy.

Going into Thursday night's games, Minnesota has a three-point lead in the division -- and in the context of the recent logjams, that seems huge. (Or in hockeyspeak, "yooge.")

Vancouver, Calgary and Colorado all have 84 points, and based on tiebreakers, hold down the sixth through eighth Western ...

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