February 2, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at HP Pavilion. The Predators defeated the Sharks 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Central Division: Another Day Off

It’s another slow day for the Central Division today. That’s actually excellent news for the Nashville Predators, who were without not just Patric Hornqvist but also Martin Erat for the 2-1 win against San Jose. Erat was a game-time decision on Saturday night after taking a puck off his lower body in practice last Friday. By the time the Preds’ next game tomorrow against the Blues he’ll have had three days to heal up, so hopefully he can get back in the lineup and help Nashville solve its goal-scoring problem.

Around The Central Division: February 3, 2013

The Super Bowl meant a day off for the Central Division

(PHOTO: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

YESTERDAY

Somebody told me there was a football game on yesterday, and it looks like the entire Central Division asked for the day off to watch it.

Transactions

Columbus placed D Nikita Nikitin on injured reserve, retroactive to January 29th, and recalled D Nick Holden from Springfield (AHL).

St. Louis recalled G Jake Allen from Peoria (AHL), placed G Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve, and assigned F Paul Karpowich to Peoria from Evansville (ECHL).

Standings

NHL Central Division standings 2-4-13

Leaders

Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 13
Goals:
Marian Hossa (CHI) – 6
Assists:
Patrick Kane (CHI) – 9
PIM:
Jared Boll (CBJ) – 44
Wins:
Corey Crawford5
GAA:
Chris Mason (NSH) – 1.00
SV%:
Chris Mason (NSH) – .967

TODAY

This is the second off-day in a row for all of the Central Division teams, something which won’t happen again for the rest of February. It’s also the last off-day the Predators will have to spend on the road until they travel west to face the Colorado Avalanche on February 18th. The last time the Nashville Predators had this much time off they responded with their two best games of the season so far, pushing both Los Angeles and San Jose to shootouts. It took eight rounds to beat the Kings but only three to topple the Sharks, who had been the NHL’s last undefeated team.

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