Phoenix returns to the scene of last year's playoff crime tonight. (PHOTO: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Central Division: Preds Host Phoenix, St. Louis Breaks Losing Streak

It was a quiet day in the Central Division yesterday with just one game. Valentine’s Day sees that trend continue as the Nashville Predators are the only Central power in action tonight.

Around The Central Division: February 14, 2013


St. Louis Blues 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (OT)

The Blues snapped a five-game losing streak with a win in Joe Louis Arena – and on national television, no less. Rookie goalie Jake Allen won his first NHL game and Alex Steen got the overtime winner just 52 seconds into overtime to jumble the middle of the Central Division standings.

Jake Allen got the win, Jimmy Howard took the loss, and Octopus Thrower sings the blues.


Columbus Blue Jackets recalled C Nick Drazenovic from Springfield (AHL).



Points: Patrick Kane (CHI) – 20
Patrick Kane (CHI) – 9
 Henrik Zetterberg (DET) – 13
Jared Boll (CBJ) – 61
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 7
Corey Crawford (CHI) – 1.62
Corey Crawford (CHI) – .935
Pekka Rinne (NSH), Jaroslav Halak (STL) – 2


Phoenix Coyotes (6-5-2) at Nashville Predators (6-3-4)
7:00 p.m. CST
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It might be Valentine’s Day but there’s no love between the two teams in the only Central Division game of the night. Phoenix not only knocked the favored Preds out of the playoffs last season, but they embarrassed them earlier this season with a 4-0 shutout. The task will theoretically be tougher this time around for Nashville, who didn’t have to face goalie Mike Smith. They also have an in-form Pekka Rinne in net – he’s 5-1-0 with a 0.97 GAA since losing to Phoenix last month – so the Coyotes’ task will be tougher as well.

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