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Central race update: Down to the final day

4/13/2014

Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race. The Blackhawks' first-round opponent will be determined Sunday. They will play the second-place team from the Central; if the Avalanche and Blues end the season tied in points, Colorado owns the tiebreaker and Chicago would meet the Blues.

1. Avalanche

Record: 52-22-7

Points: 111

Regulation and OT wins (tiebreaker): 47

Games remaining: 1 (one away)

Last game: The Avalanche lost 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Friday. It was the Avalanche’s first regulation loss since March 21.

Last 10 games: 8-1-1

Next game: at Anaheim Ducks (52-20-8) on Sunday.

Outlook: The Avalanche failed to clinch the Central Division on Friday. They’ll have another shot Sunday. They own the tiebreaker with the Blues, so they just need to at least match the Blues' result Sunday.

2. Blues

Record: 52-22-7

Points: 111

Regulation and OT wins (tiebreaker): 43

Games remaining: 1 (one home)

Last game: The Blues dropped their fifth consecutive game with a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday. The Blues have been outscored 19-5 in the last five games.

Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Next game: vs. Detroit Red Wings (38-28-15) on Sunday.

Outlook: The Blues’ skid continued Friday. Their five-game losing streak is their longest of the season. They have scored a total of 10 goals in their last eight games.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 46-21-15

Points: 107

Regulation and OT wins: 40

Games remaining: None

Last game: The Blackhawks had nothing to gain Saturday in regard to the postseason, but they played the Nashville Predators very close, losing the battle after a flurry of late scoring by both squads.

Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Next game: The regular season is over for Chicago.

Outlook: The Blackhawks won’t know whether they’re playing the Avalanche or Blues in the first round of the playoffs until Sunday.