This is something that I've been thinking about a lot lately. I was even going to make up a little chart to show how bad the NW is this year, but Lambert has done most of the calculations already in the article. The main point: the NW is bad. Really, really bad. And because we play so many games against them, we have one of the easiest schedules in the league. To me, this makes all the games against Western teams not in the NW even more important. Everyone always talks about "measuring stick games", and it's almost a cliche now (there you go Section, more of them), but I think it's a very appropriate term to think about whenever the Canucks play the other top teams in the West, since we don't get to play them all that often. What do others think?