Central race update: March 30

March, 30, 2014
Powers By Scott Powers
Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race as of Sunday afternoon:

1. Blues

Record: 50-17-7
Points: 107
Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 42
Games remaining: 8 (five home, three away)
Last game: The Blues had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Next three games: vs. Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-7) on Tuesday, vs. Buffalo Sabres (20-45-9) on Thursday, vs. Avalanche (47-21-6) on Saturday
Outlook: The Blues still have a comfortable lead in the Central with eight games remaining. They did fall behind the Boston Bruins by a point in the Presidents’ Trophy race.

2. Avalanche

Record: 47-21-6
Points: 100
Regulation wins: 43
Games remaining: 8 (two home, six away)
Last game: The Avalanche won their third consecutive game with a 3-2 win over the a San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Next three games: at Columbus Blue Jackets (38-30-6) on Tuesday, vs. New York Rangers (41-30-4) on Thursday, Blues (50-17-4) on Saturday.
Outlook: The Avalanche have taken advantage of the Blackhawks’ recent play. They moved ahead of the Blackhawks in the division on Saturday and still have one game in hand.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 42-18-15
Points: 99
Regulation wins: 37
Games remaining: 7 (three home, four away)
Last game: The Blackhawks allowed five regulation goals for the first time since Dec. 28 in their 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday.
Next three games: at Pittsburgh Penguins (47-22-5) on Sunday, vs. Minnesota Wild (38-26-11) on Thursday, at Blue Jackets (38-30-6) on Friday.
Outlook: The Blackhawks fell behind the Avalanche on Saturday. The Blackhawks have struggled in recent weeks and have a difficult stretch coming up. The Penguins will likely be looking for revenge after losing at Soldier Field on March 1, and the Wild and Blue Jackets are still fighting for playoff spots.

Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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