Hungry Preds: Central Division Weekly Recap

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The Central Division is having every team pick up points, this division looks like it will have an amazing race to the finish.

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Nashville Predators

Record for the week: 3-0-0

On the Rise- The Predators continued to roll by winning 3 games this week , two after regulation. They played great against the Kings on Tuesday and were just good enough against the Oilers and Blue Jackets. You would like to see this team make their own lives easier against the weaker teams in the league, but for now the Predators sit happily atop the Central Division.

 Who’s hot? Shea Weber– Weber had a point in all three games this week and is the Predators main defender.

 Who’s not? James Neal– Neal didn’t produce a point this week.

 Schedule for the week: Carolina Hurricanes (Tuesday), St.Louis Blues (Thursday), Chicago Blackhawks (Saturday).

 

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St.Louis Blues

Record for the week: 2-0-1 

On the Rise- The Blues started the week by falling to the Senators in the shootout, but finished with two solid wins. The Blues need to be concerned about secondary scoring. Now that the STL line has come back to Earth they will need guys like David Backes and Alexander Steen to step up and produce more.

 Who’s hot? Vladimir Tarasenko– Tarasenko recorded 3 points in 3 games this week.

 Who’s not? Patrik Berglund– Berglund had one point this week, but it is 1 of only 5 on the season.

 Schedule for the week: Chicago Blackhawks (Wednesday), Nashville Predators (Thursday), New York Islanders (Saturday).

 

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Chicago Blackhawks

Record for the week: 3-0-0

On the Rise- The Blackhawks are starting to score and that means trouble for the rest of the teams in the Central. The Hawks have 11 goals in their last three games. Whats more impressive, is their pair of 4-1 wins over the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings. When the Hawks score at this rate they become almost impossible to beat.

 Who’s hot? Brad Richards– Richards had 3 goals and one assist in 3 games this week.

 Who’s not? Brandon Saad– Saad only had 1 point this week.

 Schedule for the week: St.Louis Blues (Wednesday), Montreal Canadiens (Friday), Nashville Predators (Saturday).

 

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Winnipeg Jets

Record for the week: 2-0-1

On the Rise- The Jets collected 5 out of a possible 6 points during an East Coast swing this week to keep pace in the Central. The Jets have gotten the goal tending, what they are lacking is consistent production from their forwards. They have a big skilled forward core, but they just have nights where they are out of sync.

 Who’s hot? Evander Kane– Kane has 3 points in 3 games this week.

 Who’s not? Blake Wheeler– Wheeler started the week with 2 points but then proceeded to get only four shots on goal in the next two games.

 Schedule for the week: Edmonton Oilers (Wednesday), Colorado Avalanche (Friday), Anaheim Ducks (Sunday).

 

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Minnesota Wild

Record for the week: 1-1-2

On the Fall- The Wild are a team that relies too heavily on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. It seems like no guys on their team take their play to the next level. Players like Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu have been awful. If the Wild will stay in this race they need to start having their big name guys get involved.

 Who’s hot? Zach Parise– Parise had 5 points in 4 games this week.

 Who’s not? Kyle BrodziakBrodziak had no points this week and only has 5 on the year.

 Schedule for the week: Montreal Canadiens (Wednesday), Anaheim Ducks (Friday).

 

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Dallas Stars

Record for the week: 1-1-1

On the Fall- The Stars had an amazing come back against the Wild this week only to end up losing in overtime. This team has Tyler Seguin producing like crazy the problem is only Jamie Benn is a true help on offense consistently. The Stars need to score more to make up for their mediocre defense and that hasn’t been the case.

 Who’s hot? Tyler Seguin– Seguin had 5 points in three games this week and leads the NHL in goals.

 Who’s not? Jason Spezza– Spezza only had one assist in 3 games this week.

 Schedule for the week: Toronto Maple Leafs (Tuesday), Detroit Red Wings (Thursday), Montreal Canadiens (Saturday).

 

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Colorado Avalanche

Record for the week: 2-1-0

On the Rise- The Avalanche are starting to look good. They have 11 goals in their last 3 games and all the guys that were doing nothing to start the season are all kicking in. This is an “ok” situation, because if this team has all their guys turn it on at the same time, then the Avs can be a problem in the Central.

 Who’s hot? Gabriel Landeskog– Landeskog had 4 points in 3 games this week.

 Who’s not? Marc-Andre Cliche–  Cliche had only 1 assist in 3 games this week.

 Schedule for the week: Montreal Canadiens (Monday), Calgary Flames (Thursday), Winnipeg Jets (Friday).

 

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