Central race update: April 11

April, 11, 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 Friday morning:

1. Avalanche

Record: 52-21-7
Points: 111
Regulation and OT wins (tiebreaker): 47
Games remaining: 2 (two away)
Last game: The Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday and have picked up 17 of the last possible 18 points.
Last 10 games: 8-1-1
Next two games: at San Jose Sharks (49-22-9) on Friday, at Anaheim Ducks (52-20-8) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Avalanche overtook the Blues for first place in the Central on Thursday. The Avalanche trailed the Blues by seven points with both teams having six games remaining on April 5.

2. Blues

Record: 52-21-7
Points: 111
Regulation and OT wins: 43
Games remaining: 2 (one home, one away)
Last game: The Blues dropped their fourth consecutive game with a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. The Blues have been outscored 16-5 in the past four games.
Last 10 games: 5-5-0
Next two games: at Dallas Stars (39-30-11) on Friday, vs. Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Blues fell out of first place in the Central for the first time since March 2. Their four-game losing streak is their longest of the season. They have scored a total of 10 goals in the past seven games.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 46-19-15
Points: 107
Regulation and OT 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 Washington Capitals (37-30-13) on Friday, at Nashville Predators (36-32-12) on Saturday.
Outlook: The Blackhawks are locked into third place in the Central after the Avalanche won on Thursday. The Blackhawks would now open the playoffs on the road against the Blues if the standings remained the same. The Blackhawks likely will rest some of their top players in the final two regular season games.
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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