Central race update: April 10

April, 10, 2014
Apr 10
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 Thursday 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.
Last 10 games: 5-5-0
Next three games: at Minnesota Wild (42-26-12) on Thursday, at Dallas Stars (39-30-11) on Friday, vs. Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Blues have fared well against the Wild this season and could use another win over them on Thursday. The Blues have scored eight goals in their last six games.

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.
Last 10 games: 7-1-2
Next three games: at Vancouver Canucks (35-33-11) on Thursday, at San Jose Sharks (49-22-9) on Friday, at Anaheim Ducks (52-20-8) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Avalanche can clinch a top-two seed in the Central with a win on Thursday. They would have 111 points and own the tiebreaker against the Blackhawks.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 46-19-15
Points: 107
Regulation wins: 40
Games remaining: 2 (two away)
Last game: The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Last 10 games: 6-4-0
Next two games: at Capitals (36-30-13) on Friday, at Nashville Predators (35-32-12) on Saturday.
Outlook: Whether or not the Blackhawks move up in the Central, they have to like the way they’re playing heading into the playoffs. They haven’t won four consecutive games since November.
Scott Powers is a general 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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