Central race update: April 2


Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race as of Wednesday morning:

1. Blues

Record: 51-17-7

Points: 109

Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 42

Games remaining: 7 (four home, three away)

Last game: The Blues defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout on Tuesday. Blues goaltender Ryan Miller made 31 saves.

Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Next three games: vs. Buffalo Sabres (21-45-9) on Thursday, vs. Avalanche (48-21-6) on Saturday, at Blackhawks (42-19-5) on Sunday

Outlook: The Blues have a firm lead on the Central heading into their final seven games. They are also now just one point behind the Boston Bruins for the Presidents' Trophy.

2. Avalanche

Record: 48-21-6

Points: 102

Regulation wins: 44

Games remaining: 7 (two home, five away)

Last game: The Avalanche won their fourth consecutive game with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Gabriel Landeskog provided the game-winner.

Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Next three games: vs. New York Rangers (43-30-4) on Thursday, at Blues (51-17-4) on Saturday, vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (48-23-5) on Sunday.

Outlook: The Avalanche extended their lead over the Blackhawks to three points on Tuesday. The Avalanche have a difficult stretch coming up with the Rangers, Blues and Penguins being their next three games.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 42-19-15

Points: 99

Regulation wins: 37

Games remaining: 6 (three home, three away)

Last game: The Blackhawks lost to the Penguins 4-1 on Sunday.

Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Next three games: vs. Minnesota Wild (39-26-11) on Thursday, at Blue Jackets (38-30-7) on Friday, vs. Blues (51-17-7) on Sunday.

Outlook: It's been a difficult few weeks for the Blackhawks with losses and injuries, but they did get some good news in that Jonathan Toews' recent injury was considered not serious after he was re-evaluated on Monday. The Blackhawks return to practice Wednesday after taking the last two days off.