Around The Central Division: January 28, 2013
The Nashville Predators had yesterday off after another tough shootout loss, this time to the Anaheim Ducks, and took the chance to rest up before tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. While they caught a breather, three other Central Division teams were involved in very tight games.
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Detroit Red Wings 1
The Central Division’s two Original Six teams are on very different trajectories so far this season but this was a very tight game the whole way. Duncan Keith scored for the Blackhawks at 2:24 of the first period and Chicago held that lead until Johan Franzen’s first of the year at 4:30 of the third. Nick Leddy got the overtime winner:
St. Louis Blues 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (OT)
Wade Redden opened the scoring for the Blues for the second straight game, scoring at 9:16 of the first period, and St. Louis held that lead through the first. Then the game broke wide open in the second period with three Minnesota goals, including two power-play markers by Zach Parise. The Blues rattled off the next three before Dany Heatley tied it at four, then Vladimir Sobotka won it in overtime with this one:
Everything’s going right for St. Louis right now. Take that away and they still look like the best team in the league, IMO. Bleedin’ Blue has the tale from the trenches.
No movement for teams
In the Central Division
Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 9
Goals: Marian Hossa (CHI) – 5
Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) – 8
PIM: Derek Dorsett (CBJ) – 21
Wins: Corey Crawford – 5
GAA: Chris Mason (NSH) – 1.00
SV%: Chris Mason (NSH) – .967
It’s a relatively slow night in the NHL with just five games on, but two of them involve Central Division teams.
Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes
8:00 p.m. CST
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There’s good news and bad news for Preds fans going into this game agaisnt last year’s playoff nemesis. The bad news is that the Coyotes’ offense has been the fourth-best in the Western Conference so far. The good news is that the Coyotes defense has given up more goals than any other team in the NHL. Both teams are seeking their second win in six tries, hoping to turn the other into a much-needed slumpbuster. Have a look at the key players.
Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets
6:00 p.m. CST
Dallas took a tough loss in St. Louis last night and Kari Lehtonen had to come on in relief of backup goalie Christopher Nilstorp, who was injured in just his second start of the season. Columbus, meanwhile, is rested and has had two days to think about a similarly tough loss to the league-leading Blackhawks on Saturday. On paper this one says Dallas win, especially with the return of Jamie Benn after ending a contract holdout. Blackout Dallas reads the tea leaves, and Fire That Cannon has finally reloaded.