Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 42
Games remaining: 9 (six home, three away)
Last game: The Blues put up five goals for the second consecutive game and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday. T.J. Oshie scored three goals for St. Louis.
Outlook: The Blues would need to have a complete collapse at this point for anyone to catch them in the division. They’re eight points ahead of the Blackhawks with nine games remaining.
Regulation wins: 37
Games remaining: 8 (three home, five away)
Last game: The Blackhawks were shut out for the second time in the last three games as they lost to the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Thursday. Patrick Kane’s absence has been noticeable for the Blackhawks.
Outlook: The Blackhawks didn’t have much of a chance of catching the Blues before Thursday, and they have even less of one now. The Blackhawks have to be concerned about the Avalanche right behind them and finding a way to be more consistent from game to game.
Regulation wins: 42
Games remaining: 9 (three home, six away)
Last game: The Avalanche won their second consecutive game with a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The Avalanche improved to 25-4-6 in one-goal games.
Outlook: The Avalanche have bounced back from their three-game winning streak with back-to-back wins. They’re only one point behind the Blackhawks. It should be an interesting last few weeks to the season.