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 15, 2013
Nashville Predators 3, Phoenix Coyotes 0
Three different Predators forwards scored goals in the third period and Pekka Rinne picked up his third shutout of the season in an efficient effort against Phoenix. Nashville outshot the ‘Yotes 29-19, just the third time in 14 games they’ve managed to take more shots on goal than their opponents. The play in the Phoenix zone that led to Nick Spaling’s goal typified the work Nashville did in the corners last night, which led to the difference in shooting:
Nashville Predators assigned forward Brian McGrattan to Milwaukee (AHL) on a two-week conditioning assignment.
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: Pekka Rinne (NSH) – 1.61
SV%: Pekka Rinne (NSH) – .938
Shutouts: Pekka Rinne (NSH) – 3*
* – denotes league leader
Anaheim Ducks (9-2-1) at Detroit Red Wings (7-4-2)
6:30 p.m. CST
The Anaheim Ducks continue to fly high on the strength of 30-year-old NHL rookie goalie Viktor Fasth’s performance in net. Fasth is now 6-0-0, which includes a shootout win in Chicago two nights ago. The Red Wings have been up and down thanks to a rash of injuries but they’re 2-0-1 on their current home stand, the only blemish an overtime loss to St. Louis earlier this week.
Octopus Thrower wonders, how do you solve a problem like Viktor?
San Jose Sharks (7-3-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (10-0-3)
7:30 p.m. CST
The last time these two teams met they were both undefeated in regulation. They scored six goals combined in the opening period before Chicago went on to a 5-3 win. The Sharks have spiraled out of control since then, going winless in the month of February so far. Chicago, meanwhile, appears to be doing all right in the standings. NHL Network has this one tonight, so if the Sharks have been waiting for a big stage to produce a comeback, this would be the one.
St. Louis Blues (7-5-1) at Calgary Flames (4-4-3)
8:00 p.m. CST
The Blues snapped a five-game losing skid with an overtime win in Detroit two nights ago. Calgary, meanwhile, is coming off a surprising 7-4 win in Dallas. Both teams are without the services of their starting goalies – Jaroslav Halak for the Blues, Miikka Kiprusoff for the Flames – so all bets are off as to how this one turns out.
Bleedin’ Blue peers into the future.
Columbus Blue Jackets (4-7-2) at Los Angeles Kings (4-5-2)
9:30 p.m. CST
Columbus has plenty to look forward to thanks to the hiring of new general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, but a lot of that has to do with those three first-round draft picks coming up this summer. In the meantime there are still 35 more games to be played, starting with another team that’s had trouble making a dent in the Western Conference standings.