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Behind Enemy Lines: Central Division Competition

By JoHannah Lowder

Mar 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates with the puck as Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) chases during the third period at the United Center. The Predators won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Every Chicago Blackhawks fan knows that their team has struggled against Central Division rivals this season. Taking away the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings and replacing them with teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, and Dallas Stars didn’t help much. The Blackhawks have a record of 11-12-3 against their Central Division rivals and have 3 chances to boost their record before the end of the season. The Blackhawks will face the Wild, Blues, and Predators in their 7 remaining games. Chicago earned most of their points in the Central Division from the Stars, going 4-1-0 against Dallas.

The St. Louis Blues have 9 games left to their season and 5 of them are in the Central Division. They will play Dallas twice and Colorado, Chicago, and Minnesota once. The Blues have an amazing record of 20-3-1 and earning 41 of 48 points against their Central Division opponents. They victimized Nashville the most by earning 10 of 10 possible points against the Predators.

The Colorado Avalanche have another great record of 17-6-3 versus the Central Division with only one game against the Blues in their 8 remaining games during the regular season. They earned the most points against the Wild, going 4-0-1 against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Wild earned 26 of 48 points in the Central Division with a record of 12-10-2. They will face Chicago, Winnipeg, St. Louis, and Nashville as half of their remaining regular season matchups. The Wild have a perfect record against the Predators so far, going 3-0-0 against the team.

The Dallas Stars are 10-11-5 against the Central Division and will play St. Louis twice and Nashville once as 3 of their 9 games left on the season. The Stars earned the most points against the Jets going 3-1-1.

The Winnipeg Jets have 8 games left to their regular season and face Minnesota as their last Central Division matchup. Their record is 10-13-5 against division rivals this season. The Jets earned the most points against the Avalanche with 6 out of 10 and a record of 2-1-2 against the Central Division’s second seed team.

The Nashville Predators earned 23 of 52 possible points against the Central Division and have a record of 10-13-3. They still face the Stars, Blackhawks, and Wild by the end of their season-ending 7 games. The Predators currently have the best Central Division record against the Blackhawks, going 3-1-0 against Chicago.

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