Feeling the Blues: Central Division Weekly Recap – Week 4

Central Division standings - via NHL

Central Division standings – via NHL

It’s Monday! Time for our weekly divisional recaps. Here’s what’s happening in the Central Division.

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Nashville Predators

Record for the week- 2-1-0

On the Rise- The Predators are playing amazing hockey. They have scored 10 goals in their last three games and still sit atop the central division. The Predators are proving that they aren’t a fluke by keeping their game intact.

 Who’s hot? James Neal– With four points in his last 3 games Neal is starting to become the offensive weapon that the Predators have been looking for.

Filip Forsberg– Forsberg also has four points in his last 3 games. His game is starting to blossom as he becomes more formatted for the NHL game.

Who’s not? Gabriel Bourque–  The winger has yet to register a point this season.

 Schedule for the week: Winnipeg Jets (Tuesday), Dallas Stars (Thursday), St.Louis Blues (Saturday)

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Minnesota Wild

Record for the week- 3-1-0

On the Rise- After the Wild’s meltdown against the Rangers they have won three games in a row, all against good teams. Darcy Kuemper is proving he can handle the heavy work load which is good news for Minnesota.

 Who’s hot? Thomas Vanek– Vanek has posted four points in his last three games and is starting to contribute for the Wild.

Who’s not? Mikko Koivu– Koivu has a point in each of his last two games, but still hasn’t been the player the Wild need him to be. He only has 3 points on the season.

 Schedule for the week: Pittsburgh Penguins (Tuesday), Ottawa Senators (Thursday), and Montreal Canadiens (Saturday)

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St.Louis Blues

Record for the week- 3-0-0

On the Rise- After a rocky start to the season the Blues are regaining their footing. Their defense has been great and their offense is still coming around. If the Blues offense ever starts firing on all cylinders they will be a force in the central.

 Who’s hot? Vladimir Tarasenko– Tarasenko has 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games. His game has taken a step forward this year as he seems more physical when he has the puck.

Who’s not? Jaden Schwartz– This week Schwartz has no points and has been getting big ice time at around 20 minutes per game. Schwartz does have 10 shots on goal this week.

 Schedule for the week: New York Rangers (Monday) , New Jersey Devils (Tuesday), New Jersey Devils (Thursday), and Nashville Predators (Saturday)


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Winnipeg Jets

Record for the week- 3-0-1

On the Rise- After a terrible start the Jets are finding ways to get points. They played the Rangers, and Devils well. They also shut out the Blackhawks on Sunday. The Jets are getting goal tending right now and that is keeping them in games.

 Who’s hot? Ondrej Pavelec– Pavelec was great against the Rangers and only allowed one goal against the Devils. Pavelec had 3 wins this week and has come up big when the Jets needed him most.

Who’s not? Dustin Byfuglien– The big man had no points this week. He hasn’t been the dominating force he usually is and his lack of production has put pressure on the Jets goal tending and defense.

 Schedule for the week: Nashville Predators (Tuesday), Pittsburgh Penguins (Thursday), and Ottawa Senators (Saturday)

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Chicago Blackhawks

Record for the week- 1-3-0

On the Fall- The Blackhawks aren’t producing on offense like they should. They have been shutout twice in the last four games. They have shown flashes of offense, but just not enough to keep pace in the tough central division.

 Who’s hot? Duncan Keith– Keith only had one point this week, but has been excellent on defense. He has been logging huge minutes and keeping the Blackhawks in games while their offense finds their rhythm.

Who’s not? Patrick Kane– Kane only has one assist in his last four games.

Partick Sharp– Sharp had no points this week.

 Schedule for the week: Montreal Canadiens (Tuesday), Washington Capitals (Friday), and San Jose Sharks (Sunday)

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Dallas Stars

Record for the week- 0-1-2

On the Fall- The Stars aren’t playing their game right now. Their big players have cooled off and they haven’t had anyone step up in their absence. The Stars don’t have the defense to survive prolonged scoring droughts.

 Who’s hot? Trevor Daley– Daley has been reliable on defense and has posted 3 points in his last 3 games. Daly has played over 27 minutes in his last 3 games.

Who’s not? Jamie Benn– Benn only has 1 assist in his last 3 games.

 Schedule for the week: Los Angeles Kings (Tuesday), Nashville Predators (Thursday), and San Jose Sharks (Saturday)

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Colorado Avalanche

Record for the week- 1-1-2

On the Fall- The Avalanche still haven’t gotten their game together yet and they are slowly drifting down the standings. Their defense is giving up tons of chances while their offense has been just ok. Im not sure we will see Colorado get it together as they struggle with the deeper teams in the league like the Sharks and the Blues.

 Who’s hot? Nathan Mackinnon– Mackinnon has posted 5 points in his last 3 games.

Who’s not? Jarome Iginla– Iginla had only one assist this week. Iginla had 15 shots on goal but isn’t finding the net.

 Schedule for the week: Vancouver Canucks (Tuesday), Toronto Maple Leafs (Thursday), Philadelphia Flyers (Saturday)

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