Paint it Blue: Central Division Weekly Recap

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The Battle for Central Division supremacy raged on this week. The Hawks kept first, but the Blues are right on their back.

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Chicago Blackhawks: (3-1-0)

On The Rise: The Blackhawks only loss this week came in a tight contest with the New York Islanders. They responded by beating the Calgary Flames 2-1 at home. The Hawks are 9-1-0 in their last 10 and are atop the Central because they have been playing with excellent structure.

Who’s Hot? Patrick Kane– Kane has a point in his last 3 games.

Who’s Not? Marian Hossa– Hossa only had 1 point in 4 games this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Minnesota Wild (Tuesday), Columbus Blue Jackets (Saturday), Toronto Maple Leafs (Sunday)

St.Louis Blues: (3-0-0)

On The Rise: The Blues won all three games this week and have started to get the more balanced attack that they have been looking for. Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Steen have been more involved while Vladimir Tarasenko continues to produce.

Who’s Hot? T.J. Oshie– Oshie had 4 points in just 3 games this week.

Who’s Not? David Backes– Backes only had 1 assist this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Los Angeles Kings (Tuesday), Los Angeles Kings (Thursday), San Jose Sharks (Saturday)

Nashville Predators: (2-1-0)

On The Rise: The Predators continue to keep pace in the central. This week they took out two struggling teams in the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes. They were shutout against San Jose on Saturday despite playing a hard game. This team continues to show up every night.

Who’s Hot? Filip Forsberg– Forsberg had 4 points in 3 games this week.

Who’s Not? Colin Wilson– Wilson only had 1 assist this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Boston Bruins (Tuesday), Minnesota Wild (Saturday).

Winnipeg Jets: (1-1-1)

On The Rise: The Jets are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games and continue to get points. This week they blew out the Stars 5-2 and lost a hard game in the shootout to the Colorado Avalanche. They finished the week struggling against the Anaheim Ducks.

Who’s Hot? Adam Lowry– Lowry had 3 points in 3 games this week.

Who’s Not? Evander Kane– Kane had no points this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Buffalo Sabres (Tuesday), Boston Bruins (Friday), Philadelphia Flyers (Sunday)

Minnesota Wild: (2-1-0)

On The Rise: The Wild won the week and they should be encouraged that they scored 10 goals. Their high point of the week was beating a tough New York Islanders team. They lost a tight one with the Sharks on Thursday, but found a way to get two points against the Coyotes on Saturday.

Who’s Hot? Mikko Koivu– Koivu had 3 points in 3 games this week.

Who’s Not? Mikael Granlund– Granlund had no points this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Chicago Blackhawks (Tuesday), Boston Bruins (Wednesday), Nashville Predators (Saturday)

Dallas Stars: (1-1-0)

On The Rise: Dallas beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Saturday, but struggled against the Winnipeg Jets losing 5-2 on Tuesday. The Stars remain inconsistent. They continue to get offense from the same places, but they need to be worried about defense and secondary scoring.

Who’s Hot? Tyler Seguin– Seguin had 3 points in 2 games this week.

Who’s Not? Erik Cole– Cole only had 1 assist this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Vancouver Canucks (Wednesday), Calgary Flames (Friday), Edmonton Oilers (Sunday).

Colorado Avalanche: (1-1-1)

On The Rise: The Avalanche are 4-4-2 in their last 10 and remain an inconsistent team. They did get points in 2 out of three games this week, but it’s not enough. They did a good job to play both the Blues and the Jets to extra time this week. The Avalanche just seem to find ways to loose.

Who’s Hot? Gabriel Landeskog– Landeskog has 3 points in his last 2 games.

Who’s Not? Daniel Briere– Briere had no points this week.

Upcoming Schedule: Pittsburgh Penguins (Thursday), Buffalo Sabres (Saturday), Detroit Red Wings (Sunday)

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