Feb 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wingMarian Hossa
(81) skates with the puck as Anaheim Ducks centerKyle Palmieri
(21) chases during the second period at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
With the Olympic break just a day away, tonight will be the last night of NHL hockey until February 25th. Five of the seven Central Division team will play tonight, and the wins or losses could play with the final standings before the break.
The Chicago Blackhawks enter the Olympic break in the top spot in the Central Division, but the St. Louis Blues could tie the Blackhawks with 84 points with a win over the Winnipeg Jets tonight. The tie would knock the Blackhawks out of first and put the Blues on top with three games in hand.
The Colorado Avalanche will go into the break after their game against the New York Islanders tonight. Whether they win or lose, they will remain third in the Central Division. They trail the Blues by 5 points and lead the Minnesota Wild by 8 with 77 points in 56 games.
The Minnesota Wild have established their place in fourth in the Central Division and the first Wild Card slot in the Western Conference before the Olympic break. Their 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators was their last until February 27th against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Dallas Stars are in a close division battle with the Jets and Predators who all have one game remaining before the break. The Stars are fifth in the Central Division with 62 points, Jets follow with 61, and the Predators round out the division with 60 points. Dallas will host the Phoenix Coyotes in an attempt to hold the lead while the Jets will travel to St. Louis and the Predators will host Anaheim.
Chicago Blackhawks: 35-11-4, 84 pts
St. Louis Blues: 38-12-6, 82 pts
Colorado Avalanche: 36-16-5, 77 pts
Minnesota Wild: 31-21-7, 69 pts
Dallas Stars: 26-21-10, 62 pts
Winnipeg Jets: 28-26-5, 61 pts
Nashville Predators: 25-23-10, 60 pts
Which Central Division team do you think will benefit most from the Olympic break?