Central Division: Preds Prep For Kings, Jackets Lose Another Tough One


After taking a day of rest to recharge following a dreadful performance against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Nashville Predators are working on their game today in preparation for a visit to Staples Center in Los Angeles tomorrow night. Most of the rest of the Central Division has the night off, too, with the exception of the Chicago Blackhawks, who have won four straight games by a combined margin of just four goals.

Around The Central Division: January 30, 2013

The Detroit Red Wings of the Central Division

The Red Wings scored four unanswered goals against Dallas. (PHOTO: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

YESTERDAY

Detroit Red Wings 4, Dallas Stars 1

There was a tight hockey game at Joe Louis Arena for about 30 minutes last night. Then somebody let the players know they were allowed to score. Loui Eriksson bagged his third goal of the year to put Dallas ahead at 10:22 of the secon d period before the Red Wings reeled off four unanswered, including Valtteri Filppula’s first two of the season, to put the Stars away.

Dallas’ offense is almost as bad as Nashville’s right now, though they’re at least putting shots on goal. Blackout Dallas breaks down what went wrong. Octopus Thrower says blah blah something something Steve Perry.

Central Division upstart, the Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus has been surprising people so far this season, but they’re still having trouble winning. (PHOTO: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota Wild 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

The Year Of Living Dangerously continues for Columbus’ opponents. Minnesota got two goals in the first period before allowing the Blue Jackets to come back and tie the game on the power play in the third period thanks to Jack Johnson’s first goal of the year. Pierre-Marc Bouchard bailed the Wild out with his goal at 14:41 of the third and they held tight for the win.

Gone Puck Wild is still catching its breath. Fire That Cannon is sleeping in.

Transactions

Again there are no moves from Poile
Though the Nashville Predators still toil
He’s decided to stand pat
Perhaps hoping that
With high draft picks we can be like the Oil.

Standings

Leaders

Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 9
Goals:
Marian Hossa (CHI) – 5
Assists:
Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) – 8
PIM:
Jared Boll (CBJ), Jordin Tootoo (DET) – 25
Wins:
Corey Crawford5
GAA:
Chris Mason (NSH) – 1.00
SV%:
Chris Mason (NSH) – .967

TODAY

The Nashville Predators don’t play again until they visit the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night. In fact, only eight teams will be playing tonight – and one of them is from the Central Division.

The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Central Division

Chicago will be trying not to do much of this tonight. (PHOTO: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks (6-0-0) at Minnesota Wild (3-2-1)
7:00 p.m. CST
NBC Sports Network

This NBC Sports featured matchup sports two teams who have both underestimated the Columbus Blue Jackets this season and both needed a third-period goal to break a tie and get past said Blue Jackets. After blowing out the Kings and outshooting the Coyotes in the early going, the Blackhawks have won four straight games by a single goal, including two in overtime. Minnesota has finally recovered from losing three straight and might be in a spoiling mood at home against Chicago. Blackhawk Up peers in to the future.

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