It seems unlikely Marty will get one like this against the Blues. Then again, they did give up a 3-on-0 to the 'Hawks... (PHOTO: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports)

Central Division: Preds Face St. Louis, More Detroit Injuries

After just one game with Central Division teams last night, things get back to normal this evening with another intra-Central game between St. Louis and Nashville.

Around The Central Division: January 22, 2013

Steve Sullivan lit up the Central Division's Columbus Blue Jackets

Former Predator Steve Sullivan had an excellent night against Columbus. (PHOTO: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

YESTERDAY

Phoenix Coyotes 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Goalie Steve Mason got his first start of the year for the Blue Jackets, and he gave up three goals to former Predator Steve Sullivan as the Coyotes cruised by Columbus. The story during the end of the lockout was that there was supposed to be some competition in goal this year at Columbus. Mason’s first start doesn’t do much to suggest that the Blue Jackets won’t be riding new acquisition Sergei Bobrovsky pretty hard the rest of the way. After opening the season with a shootout win against Nashville, Columbus has lost two in a row.

Phoenix got the win despite losing goalie Mike Smith during the game. Howlin’ Hockey has the recap.

Transactions

Detroit recalled G Thomas McCollum from Grand Rapids (AHL) and announced D Ian White is out for 2-3 weeks with a cut above his knee.

St. Louis activated D Wade Redden, placed D Jeff Woywitka on waivers, and reassigned D Ian Cole to Peoria (AHL).

Standings

Amazingly enough (given the way things have started), a win for Nashville and a regulation loss for tonight would move the Preds into a tie with Chicago for first place.

Leaders

Points: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), Patrick Kane (CHI), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) – tied, 5
Goals: Marian Hossa (CHI) – 4
Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) – 5
PIM: Jordin Tootoo (DET) – 15
Wins: Corey Crawford (CHI) – 2
GAA: Chris Mason (NSH) – 1.00
SV%: Chris Mason (NSH) – .967

TODAY

With their fourth defenseman going down to injury and Kyle Quincey becoming one of their leading blueliners in the interim, the Red Wings have to be glad they’re not playing today.

Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues
7:00 p.m. CST
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Three days ago the Blues came to Smashville and took down the Predators in a shootout to climb to 2-0 on the young season. After an opening against the Blue Jackets, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said that playing the Blues was “a man’s game.” Since that game the Preds have won against Minnesota; the Blues have lost to Chicago. But St. Louis has also added Wade Redden to their blue line. He’ll make his debut with his new team tonight against the Preds. The Blues, meanwhile, will see Nashville’s Gabriel Bourque for the first time this season.

Central Division forward Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane’s time in Switzerland during the lockout is paying off already. (PHOTO: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
7:30 p.m. CST

The undefeated Blackhawks travel to Big D for their first crack at the Stars. Chicago has been scoring goals almost at will so far this season, but their defense hasn’t been too impressive so far. Dallas played its first game against the Central in Detroit the other night and beat the Wings on the strength of two Michael Ryder goals. If Dallas can light a fire under Jaromir Jagr tonight, Chicago might actually meet their match on offense.

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