Brandon Yip's goal gave Nashville the early lead against Anaheim. (PHOTO: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Central Division: Shootout Woes Plague Preds, Blackhawks Win Again


Nashville lost another shootout, the first team to 10 points came from the Central Division, and the division’s top teams both weathered the storm in tough games in yesterday’s action.

Around The Central Division: January 27, 2013

YESTERDAY

Anaheim Ducks 3, Nashville Predators 2 (SO)

The Preds’ style in this game resembled the way they look in their win against Minnesota, but they were still unable to come away with a win. Worse, the team lost Patric Hornqvist, who had to be helped off the ice in the third period after Ryan Getzlaf fell on his leg and bent it at an awkward angle. The team once again looked hapless in the shootout, though Marty Erat did ring one off the post. Check out my wincing recap, or go celebrate with the kids in Anaheim.

Central Division leaders, the Chicago Blackhawks

A crazy game in Columbus was the one that got away from the Blue Jackets. (PHOTO: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

This was supposed to be be an easy game for Chicago. It turned out to be anything but that, yet the Blackhawks won their fifth straight anyway. The Blue Jackets were held back by having goal questionably called off in the third period, which would’ve been enough to tie the game. Blackhawk Up examines Chicago’s close call.

St. Louis keeps pace in the Central Division with a win over Dallas

St. Louis held on for a win against the Stars. (PHOTO: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues 4, Dallas Stars 3

I wrote yesterday that the Blues would find themselves in a “minor test” against Dallas, and they passed it – but not without a major challenge from the Stars. Dallas actually led 2-1 after the first period but the Blues responded with two goals from David Perron and another from Chris Stewart in the second period. Dallas rallied in the third and had six men on the ice for the power play as the game wound down, but the Blues held on for the win. Wade Redden got his first NHL goal since 2010 for the Blues, who climbed to 3-1-0:

Bleedin’ Blue is still reveling, while Blackout Dallas looks for some bright spots.

Transactions

Nashville can’t get satisfaction
Nor Detroit nor the Jackets with their action
Though the injury bug
Has pulled out the rug
For two days there’ve been no transactions

Standings

Central Division standings

Leaders

Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 9
Goals: Marian Hossa (CHI) – 5
Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) – 6
PIM: Derek Dorsett (CBJ) – 21
Wins: Corey Crawford – 4
GAA: Chris Mason (NSH) – 1.00
SV%: Chris Mason (NSH) – .967

TODAY

The Preds and Blue Jackets get a needed day off from the Central Division chase, but Detroit, Chicago, and St. Louis are back at the grind tonight.

Central Division forward Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi doesn’t have mono. In case you were wondering. (PHOTO: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks
6:00 p.m. CST

There was a time when this matchup would have been the class of the NHL – and you don’t even have to go back to the Original Six to find it. This year, though, it’s the best against the hapless. Of course, Chicago nearly faltered against Columbus last night, so maybe they’re primed for a fall. Get slimy with Octopus Thrower, or find out how the war cry sounds at Blackhawk Up.

Defending Central Division champs, the St. Louis Blues

St. Louis is doing its best to keep pace with the Blackhawks in the Central Division. (PHOTO: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues
7:00 p.m. CST
NBC Sports Network

Minnesota is looking to get back on track after two straight losses, but they’ll find that a tough call in St. Louis. Ryan Suter has been on the ice for eight of the 10 goals the Wild have allowed in this year. Meanwhile they’ve only scored nine goals – which is exactly the same amount St. Louis has allowed. Gone Puck Wild seeks out optimism wherever it may lie.

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