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Behind Enemy Lines: Central Division Update

By JoHannah Lowder

Oct 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie

Jaroslav Halak

(41) allows a goal scored by Winnipeg Jets center

Bryan Little

(18) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Jets 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

All teams have finally broken the double digits in games played, so here’s an overview of how the Chicago Blackhawks’ Central Division opponents are shaping up.

The Colorado Avalanche are still the top team in the division after adding two more games to the win column. They won against the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets over the weekend after a 4 day break. Their record is an impressive 10-1-0.

The St. Louis Blues are in 3rd place with the Blackhawks having played 3 more games than the Blues. They earned 5 of a possible 6 points over the last week with a 3-2 overtime loss against the Vancouver Canucks in St. Louis, but an overpowering 6-1 win against the Nashville Predators. Their contest against the Winnipeg Jets was tied 2-2 until late in the final period when the Blues scored and eventually won 3-2. Their record is 7-1-2.

The Minnesota Wild rank fourth in the Central Division with two wins and a loss last week. They had a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes and a 5-3 win in Chicago that we’re all too familiar with. The Blackhawks got their retribution the following contest by handing the Wild a 5-1 loss on home ice. Their record is now 6-4-3.

Just behind the Wild in the standings are the Nashville Predators who played 2 games since last Wednesday. They won 3-2 in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets but experienced a scorching 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues two days later. Their record of 6-5-1 puts them in 5th place in the Central Division.

The Winnipeg Jets had 4 contests against Central Division opponents, all on the road and have 3 points to show for it. They lost in overtime to the Nashville Predators 3-2, but won in a shootout in Dallas 2 days later. The following night, they faced the tough Colorado Avalanche but lost 3-2. The St. Louis Blues were next and they fell in a similar 3-2 loss. Their record is 5-7-2.

And finally, the Dallas Stars have the final 7th place in the Central Division, but fared well in their four games over the last week.  They came out strong against the Calgary Flames and won 5-1, and took a point against Winnipeg in a 2-1 shootout loss – their first OT/SO loss of the season. They followed that up with a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres, but lost the next night 2-1 in Montreal. Their record is now 5-6-1.

The Wild, Predators, Jets, and Stars are all hovering around the same point range. Who do you think will pull away from the rest?

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