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Central Intelligence: December 11

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Each Friday during the regular season, will review the activity in the Central Division, taking a look at how the other teams performed in the past week.

Chicago Blackhawks

Record Last Week: 2-1-0

Overall Record: 15-10-4

Overview: Chicago played three games against Central Division opponents, hosting the Winnipeg Jets before playing a home-and-home against the Nashville Predators.

The Blackhawks entered the third period against the Jets tied 1-1 before Tuevo Teravainen scored 21 seconds into that frame, and Artemi Panarin added an empty-net goal to lead Chicago to a 3-1 victory.

In their next game, Teravainen opened another third period with a quick goal — 14 seconds into the third against Nashville — and the Blackhawks defeated the Predators, 4-1. Corey Crawford made 36 saves in earning the win.

Chicago lost its final game of the week, at Bridgestone Arena, 5-1. Patrick Kane scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, and extended his point-streak to 25 games.

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Winnipeg; Sunday, vs. Vancouver; Tuesday, vs. Colorado; Thursday, vs. Edmonton

Colorado Avalanche

Record Last Week: 1-1-1

Overall Record: 12-16-1

Overview: The Avalanche began its week by finishing a four-game road trip in Minnesota, and losing to the Wild, 3-0. Matt Dumba, Justin Fontaine, and Jason Pominvile all scored for the Wild, who outshot Colorado 44-20.

Colorado then returned home and defeated the Wild in overtime, 2-1. The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Zach Parise scored with 6:09 left in the third period to tie the game before John Mitchell scored the decisive goal in overtime. 

The Avalanche's week finished at Pepsi Center with a 4-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson each scored in the first period to put Colorado ahead 2-1, but Pittsburgh scored three times over a 3:24 span in the third period to take the lead.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at Nashville; Sunday, at St. Louis; Tuesday, at Chicago; Thursday, vs. New York Islanders

Dallas Stars

Record Last Week: 1-0-1

Overall Record: 21-5-2

Overview: Dallas played two one-goal games last week, losing to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime before staving off a late comeback by the Carolina Hurricanes.

At Rexall Place, the Stars outshot the Oilers 43-24 but lost to Edmonton, 2-1. Mattias Janmark scored the lone Dallas goal to tie the game in the second period, and Jordan Eberle scored 45 seconds into overtime for the home team.

The Stars then jumped out to a 4-0 lead at home against the Hurricanes, and started the third period up 5-1 before winning 6-5. Carolina scored four times over a 10:56 stretch to tie the game at 5-5, but Patrick Sharp scored a power-play goal with 19 seconds left in regulation to regain the lead for Dallas. Patrick Eaves, Jamie Benn, Johnny Oduya, Tyler Seguin, and Valeri Nichushkin all scored for the Stars, and Benn and Seguin also each had three assists.

Nichushkin, who missed extended time last season due to a hip injury, has been reunited on a line with Benn and Seguin, where he had been skating prior to the injury.

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Philadelphia; Saturday, at St. Louis; Tuesday, vs. Columbus; Thursday, vs. Calgary

Nashville Predators

Record Last Week: 2-1-1

Overall Record: 15-9-5

Overview: Nashville's week began at Joe Louis Arena with a 5-4, overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville scored three straight times in the second period to lead 3-1, and led 4-2 in the third period, but Detroit scored the final three goals, including one by Gustav Nyquist 1:41 into overtime. Shea Weber had a hat trick for the Predators, scoring each goal on the power play.

The Predators then traveled to Boston and defeated the Bruins, 3-2. Roman Josi scored twice on the power play, and Viktor Arvidsson broke a 2-2 tie scoring with 4:56 remaining in the third period.

Nashville's only regulation loss of the week came on the first half of a home-and-home against the Blackhawks. The Predators took 37 shots, but Eric Nystrom scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss at United Center.

The Predators rebounded and defeated Chicago two nights later, 5-1. James Neal scored twice, and Pekka Rinne made 35 saves to earn his 12th win of the season.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Colorado; Tuesday, vs. Calgary; Thursday, at St. Louis

St. Louis Blues

Record Last Week: 1-2-1

Overall Record: 16-9-4

Overview: The Blues week began with the team's first game in Brooklyn, and a 2-1 shootout loss against the New York Islanders. Kevin Shattenkirk scored late in the first period to put St. Louis up 1-0, and Brian Elliott made 24 saves in regulation and overtime.

St. Louis' week continued with the first of a five-game homestand and a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vladimir Tarasenko scored 1:51 into the first period to give the Blues a lead, but Toronto scored the next four goals, all at even-strength.

The Blues then hosted the Arizona Coyotes and won, 4-1. After trailing 1-0 through 2- minutes, St. Louis scored twice in the second period, and twice in the third to take control. Tarasenko and Shattenkirk each scored for the Blues, and Alexander Steen scored shorthanded with nine seconds left in the second period for what proved to be the game-winner.

St. Louis finished its week losing 4-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers despite outshooting the Flyers 37-29. Robby Fabbri broke a scoreless tie in the second period, but St. Louis held that lead for 1:40 before the Flyers tied the game, and then scored twice more in the second to go ahead 3-1. David Backes scored a power-play goal to open the third period to draw St. Louis within a goal, but Ryan White added an empty-netter for Philadelphia to cap off the win.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Dallas; Sunday, vs. Colorado; Tuesday, at Winnipeg; Thursday, vs. Nashville

Winnipeg Jets

Record Last Week: 2-1-0

Overall Record: 14-13-2

Overview: Winnipeg's week began with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Andrew Ladd scored a power-play goal to give the Jets a 1-0 lead, and Mark Scheifele scored with 20 seconds remaining in overtime to secure the second point for Winnipeg.

The Jets then traveled to United Center and lost to the Blackhawks, 3-1. Chris Thorburn scored 5:34 into the second period to tie the game, but the Blackhawks scored twice in the third period, including an empty-net goal.

Winnipeg's week concluded with a 6-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Six different Jets scored goals, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and three assists, and Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves to improve his NHL record to 4-0-0.

Week Ahead: Friday, at Chicago; Tuesday, vs. St. Louis

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