The entire Central Division once again had the day off yesterday, joining all the other teams in the league other than Anaheim and Dallas. Today three of them get back to the action, while the other two wait for tomorrow.
Around The Central Division: February 9, 2013
There were no games in the Central Division yesterday.
Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 18
Goals: Patrick Kane (CHI) -8
Assists: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 10
PIM: Jared Boll (CBJ) – 46
Wins: Corey Crawford (CHI) – 6
GAA: Pekka Rinne (NSH) – 1.81
SV%: Pekka Rinne (NSH) – .933
The Preds get a second crack at Ryan Suter as they visit Minnesota for the second time this season. The Preds won that game and are currently riding a four-game winning streak. The Wild have dropped three in a row and their offense is sputtering. Check out my preview.
Edmonton Oilers (4-3-3) at Detroit Red Wings (5-4-1)
1:00 p.m. CST
Edmonton’s young corps of former number-one picks has shined at times this season, but they’ve also struggled against weaker teams like Colorado. Detroit, with its ever-rotating lineup and questionable defensive corps, has been similarly schizophrenic. It’s the first of five games at home for the Red Wings, who are currently looking up at the Predators, Blues, and Blackhawks from fourth place.
Anaheim Ducks (7-2-1) at St. Louis Blues (6-4-0)
7:00 p.m. CST
St. Louis has taken a beating lately and they don’t get a break tonight with the Ducks in town. Even with the loss to Dallas last night the Ducks are still atop the Pacific Division. The Blues, meanwhile, have lost three games in a row and are still without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak. After such a great start it’s strange to think that they’re in danger of slipping into fourth place in the Central Division.