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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Central race update: March 29

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 Saturday afternoon:

1. Blues

Record: 50-16-7
Points: 107
Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 42
Games remaining: 9 (six home, three away)
Last game: The Blues put up five goals for the second consecutive game and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday. T.J. Oshie scored three goals for St. Louis.
Next three games: Vs. Dallas Stars (34-27-11) on Saturday, vs. Philadelphia Flyers (38-27-7) on Tuesday, vs. Buffalo Sabres (20-45-8) on Thursday.
Outlook: The Blues have the division nearly wrapped up. Their continued motivation is the Presidents’ Trophy, which they’re currently leading the Boston Bruins for by one point.

2. Blackhawks

Record: 42-18-15
Points: 99
Regulation wins: 37
Games remaining: 7 (three home, four away)
Last game: The Blackhawks allowed five regulation goals for the first since Dec. 28 in their 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw accumulated 17 penalty minutes in the loss and has 29 penalty minutes for the month.
Next three games: At Pittsburgh Penguins (47-22-5) on Sunday, vs. Wild (37-26-11) on Thursday, at Columbus Blue Jackets (37-30-6) on Friday.
Outlook: The Blackhawks have some issues right now. They’re 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. They’ve dropped their last four road games and face another tough opponent on the road in the Penguins on Sunday.

3. Avalanche

Record: 46-21-6
Points: 98
Regulation wins: 42
Games remaining: 9 (three home, six away)
Last game: The Avalanche won their second consecutive game with a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The Avalanche improved to 25-4-6 in one-goal games.
Next three games: Vs. San Jose Sharks (47-19-9) on Saturday, at Blue Jackets (37-30-6) on Tuesday, vs. New York Rangers (41-30-4) on Thursday.
Outlook: The Blackhawks have opened the door for the Avalanche to move into second place in the Central. The Avalanche are one point behind and have played two less games.