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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Central race update: March 23

By Scott Powers

Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central division race on Sunday:

First place: Blues
Record: 48-16-7
Points: 103
Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 40
Games remaining: 11 (seven home, four away)
Last game: The Blues ended a two-game losing streak and edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday. David Backes provided the game's lone goal in the third period.
Next three games: At Toronto Maple Leafs (36-28-8) on Tuesday, vs. Minnesota Wild (36-24-11) on Thursday, vs. Dallas Stars (33-26-11) on Saturday.

Second place: Blackhawks
Record: 41-15-15
Points: 97
Regulations wins: 36
Games remaining: 11 (five home, six away)
Last game: The Blackhawks won their second consecutive game with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal to provide the difference.
Next three games: Vs. Nashville Predators (30-31-10) on Sunday, vs. Stars (33-26-11) on Tuesday, at Bruins (49-17-5) on Thursday.

Third place: Avalanche
Points: 94
Record: 44-21-6
Regulation wins: 41
Games remaining: 11 (four home, seven away)
Last game: The Avalanche lost to the Bruins 2-0 on Friday. The Avalanche have picked up one point in their last three games.
Next three games: At Predators (30-31-10) on Tuesday, vs. Vancouver Canucks (32-30-10) on Thursday, at San Jose Sharks (46-18-8) on Saturday.