ESPN SportsNation: Los Angeles Kings Best in Pacific, Third in West

By Danielle Parenteau

ESPN.com has posted polls asking its readers who the NHL’s division and conference winners will be for the 2011-12 season.

In the Pacific Division poll, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are close but have beat out the rest of the pack by a landslide.

The Kings are first, with 46 percent of the vote; the Sharks have garnered 43 percent. The Anaheim Ducks come in third place with a paltry six percent; following them is the Dallas Stars at three percent and Phoenix Coyotes at two percent.

20,819 votes have been cast so far.

A poll asking who will win the Western Conference was much closer — nine percentage points separated first from last. The results so far shake out as follows:

  1. Detroit Red Wings- 24 percent
  2.  San Jose Sharks- 21 percent
  3. Los Angeles Kings- 20 percent
  4. Vancouver Canucks- 19 percent
  5. Chicago Blackhawks- 15 percent

The poll currently has 17,880 votes.

For the record, these very unscientific polls have also netted the following results thus far:

  • The Detroit Red Wings will win the Central Division (51%, 21,023 votes)
  • The Vancouver Canucks will win the Northwest Division (83%, 19,918)
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Atlantic Division (55%, 30,774) and the Eastern Conference (29%, 17,854)
  • The Washington Capitals will win the Southeast Division (54%, 28,715)
  • The Boston Bruins will win the Northeast Division (62%, 29,023)
  • A team other than the Sharks, Red Wings, Penguins or Capitals will win the Stanley Cup (52%, 28,668)

These polls are all still open so figures and standings are subject to change, all are correct as I write this.

Feel free to head over to ESPN to cast your vote:

Division winners in the West

Division winners in the East

Conference Winners

Stanley Cup Winner

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