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Central Division: Nashville Predators Back In Second, Chicago Loses At Home

Two games in the Central Division were good news for Preds fans last night. The Nashville Predators cut their losing streak short at two games last night with a win over the visiting San Jose Sharks. Meanwhile the Chicago Blackhawks lost just their third game of the season – in the first of seven games at home.

Around The Central Division: February 13, 2013

YESTERDAY

Pekka Rinne, Central Division top goalie

Pekka Rinne is putting on a show these days. (PHOTO: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)

Last night’s episode of Pekka Rinne Being Pekka Rinne concluded with the goalie’s second shutout of the season. Nashville was outshot 13-3 in the first period but responded by returning the favor to the Sharks during the second and third. Colin Wilson knocked home the winner at 2:08 of overtime to ensure that it was Rinne, rather than Antti Niemi, who escaped the close game with the win.

Check out my recap, or see the view from San Jose.

Corey Perry beat the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks

How weird is it when you find yourself rooting for the Ducks? Very. (PHOTO: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Anaheim Ducks 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)

Even when Chicago loses, they still earn points. Last night they were ahead 2-1 with 2:40 remaining in the game when Andrew Cogliano beat Corey Crawford to tie things up. Viktor Fasth surrendered a shootout goal to Jonathan Toews, but Nick Bonino equaled things before Corey Perry buried the game-winner.

The good news crew is at Pucks of a Feather, while Blackhawk Up enjoys the extra point (if not the loss).

Transactions

Columbus Blue Jackets fired Scott Howson as executive vice president and general manager, hired Jarmo Kekalainen as his replacement, and assigned D Nick Holden to Springfield (AHL).

St. Louis Blues recalled G Jake Allen from Peoria (AHL).

Standings

Central Division Standings 2-13-13

Leaders

Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 20
Goals:
Patrick Kane (CHI) -9
Assists:
 Henrik Zetterberg (DET) – 13
PIM:
Jared Boll (CBJ) – 61
Wins:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 7
GAA:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 1.65
SV%:
Corey Crawford (CHI) – .935
Shutouts:
Pekka Rinne (NSH), Jaroslav Halak (STL) – 2

TODAY

Central Division showdown

Central Division rivals meet again tonight in Detroit. (PHOTO: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues (6-5-1) at Detroit Red Wings (7-5-1)
6:30 p.m. CST
NBC Sports Network

These two teams have already played twice this season and both games have been ugly. There’s no reason to expect this one to go much differently, given the Blues’ recent goaltending woes, the Red Wings’ decimated defensive corps, and the bad blood between the two sides. NBC Sports Network is featuring this one nationally, which should only add fuel to the fire.

Topics: Central Division, Nashville Predators

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