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Central race update: April 9

4/9/2014

Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race as of Wednesday morning:

1. Blues

Record: 52-20-7

Points: 111

Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 43

Games remaining: 3 (one home, two away)

Last game: The Blues dropped their third consecutive game with a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Blues goaltender Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 22 shots.

Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Next three games: at Minnesota Wild (42-26-12) on Thursday, at Dallas Stars (39-29-11) on Friday, vs. Detroit Red Wings (38-27-14) on Sunday.

Outlook: The Blues are sliding at the worst time. They’ve been outscored 16-3 during their three-game losing streak and have scored a total of eight goals in their past six games. Two of their final three games are against teams still fighting for playoff spots.

2. Avalanche

Record: 51-21-7

Points: 109

Regulation wins: 46

Games remaining: 3 (three away)

Last game: The Avalanche continued their strong play with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed one goal on 23 shots.

Last 10 games: 7-1-2

Next three games: at Vancouver Canucks (35-33-11) on Thursday, at San Jose Sharks (49-21-9) on Friday, at Anaheim Ducks (51-20-8) on Sunday.

Outlook: The Avalanche have a real shot at the top seed. They’re within two points of the Blues and own the tiebreaker with regulation wins. The Avalanche have picked up 15 of their last possible 16 points.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 45-19-15

Points: 105

Regulation wins: 39

Games remaining: 3 (one home, two away)

Last game: The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 win over the Blues on Sunday.

Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Next three games: vs. Montreal Canadiens (45-27-7) on Wednesday, at Capitals (36-30-13) on Friday, at Nashville Predators (35-32-12) on Saturday.

Outlook: The Blackhawks are unlikely to move into second place in the Central, but their first-round opponent is definitely up in the air. The Blackhawks lost their season series to the Blues and Avalanche, but the Blackhawks have won their past two games against the Blues.