Feb 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates with the puck against Nashville Predators left wing Nick Spaling (13) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Central Division: Preds Shut Out Again, Detroit Moves Into Second


Two of today’s six NHL games feature Central Division teams. The Nashville Predators get the day off, which will hopefully allow them to figure out exactly what happened last night against Chicago.

Around The Central Division: February 11, 2013

YESTERDAY

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Nashville Predators 0

Chicago showed up to play and Nashville did, too – at least for the first period. After that it was all Blackhawks in yet another ugly game for the Predators. They’ve been shut out in a quarter of the games they’ve played this season. Goal support for Pekka Rinne is becoming a major issue and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight. Read the recap or, if you’re feeling masochistic, see what Blackhawk Up has to say.

Central Division beats Pacific once again

It was another rough ending for Jonathan Quick in Detroit. (PHOTO: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Red Wings 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

Jonathan Quick’s track record for letting in big goals in the dying seconds of a game this season was extended last night as he gave up the game-winner to Jonathan Ericsson at 19:55 of the third period. Los Angeles has managed just eight points from its 10 games so far this season and don’t look at all like the Stanley Cup winner from last spring.

Octopus Thrower has the giddy goodies, while Rink Royalty regrets the regression.

Edmonton took down Central Division cellar-dwellers Columbus

Just 14 shots got Edmonton through the night against Columbus. (PHOTO: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Edmonton Oilers 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

The Columbus Blue Jackets posted 40 shots to Edmonton’s 14, yet they still lost by two goals. Columbus’ alternate captain Jack Johnson might as well have been talking about the Nashville Predators after the game when he said, “You only score one goal, you’re not going to win many hockey games. That’s the most frustrating part, is the offense giving ourselves a chance to win. You’re probably going to have to score three, four goals every night to win. Otherwise, our poor goalies have to pitch a shutout every night. That’s just unrealistic to ask.”

Oil On Whyte celebrates the snapping of a five-game winless streak.

Transactions

Detroit Red Wings placed G Joey MacDonald on waivers.

St. Louis Blues activated G Jaroslav Halak from injured reserve.

Standings

NHL Central Division standings 2-11-13

Leaders

Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 19
Goals:
Patrick Kane (CHI) -9
Assists:
 Henrik Zetterberg (DET) – 13
PIM:
Jared Boll (CBJ) – 56
Wins:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 7
GAA:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 1.62
SV%:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – .935

TODAY

San Jose visits the Central Division

Maybe there will be some more of this tonight in Columbus. (PHOTO: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports)

San Jose Sharks (7-2-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (3-7-2)
6:00 p.m. CST

After going goalless on 40 shots, the Blue Jackets will try to rebound against a skidding Sharks team that hasn’t won in four games. San Jose, on the other hand, will likely see Columbus as the perfect slumpbuster.

Pacific Division visits Central Division

This was the scene last time the Kings saw the Blues. (PHOTO: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Kings (3-5-2) at St. Louis Blues (6-4-1)
7:00 p.m. CST

The Kings’ tour of pain through the Central Division continues tonight in St. Louis, where the Kings will face the Blues. St. Louis now has Jaroslav Halak back from injured reserve and will be looking for a return to the form they enjoyed in the early going of this season.

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