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Central Intelligence: February 5

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

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

Record 1/22 - 2/5 Overall Points Back Games Remaining
CHI 3-2-0 35-16-4 -- 27
DAL 3-1-0 33-14-5 -- 30
STL 1-2-1 29-17-8 -- 28
COL 3-2-1 27-23-4 -- 28
NSH 3-2-0 24-20-8 -- 30
MIN 0-3-1 23-19-9 1 31
WPG 1-2-0 22-25-3 9 32

Chicago Blackhawks

Overview: Chicago allowed nine goals and was shut out in two losses before the break, but won both of its games after the All-Star Break, defeating the Colorado Avalanche (2-1), and Arizona Coyotes (5-4 OT). Forward Patrick Kane scored his NHL-leading 31st goal against Arizona, and forward Jonathan Toews tied an NHL-record with his fifth overtime goal of the season.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at Dallas; Tuesday, vs. San Jose; Thursday, vs. Dallas

Colorado Avalanche

Overview: Colorado jumped into the top-eight in the Western Conference with victories against three playoff teams: the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars, and the Los Angeles Kings. The Avalanche also earned a point in an overtime loss to Dallas. The Avalanche have been outshot in each of its past five games (2-2-1), and forward Gabriel Landeskog has four goals during that stretch.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Winnipeg; Tuesday, vs. Vancouver; Thursday, at Ottawa

Dallas Stars

Overview: After splitting its final two games before the break, Dallas rediscovered its scoring touch this week, with a 5-3 and a 5-4 (OT) win against Winnipeg and Colorado, respectively. Forward Jason Spezza sustained an upper-body injury on Thursday and Head Coach Lindy Ruff said he would miss, "more than a few days," according to Stars.com.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Chicago; Tuesday, at Minnesota; Thursday, at Chicago

Nashville Predators

Overview: The Predators entered the break winners of four straight before hosting the All-Star Game, but have lost both of their games since, 1-0 against St. Louis, and 6-3 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm has a goal and three assists in his past five games.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. San Jose; Tuesday, vs. Washington

St. Louis Blues

Overview: The Blues have entered an offensive slide, scoring two or fewer goals in each of their past five games, and a combined three goals in their past four. St. Louis has still managed .500-hockey during that stretch (2-2-1), defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, the Predators 1-0, and earning a point in a 2-1 shootout loss against Colorado. Goaltender Brian Elliott started each of those five games, and has a save-percentage of .951. Forward Jaden Schwartz, who has been out since Oct. 20 with a fractured ankle and has played seven games this season, could return to the Blues' lineup as early as Saturday against Minnesota.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Minnesota; Tuesday, vs. Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets

Overview: The Jets are in the midst of a season-long six-game homestand, having lost four of the first five games. Most recently, Winnipeg was defeated by the Stars, 5-3. Rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers recorded his first NHL hat trick in the lone win on the homestand against the Arizona Coyotes. He has seven points in his past five games (4-3=7), is on a season-long five-game point streak, and is seventh among rookies in points (23), and eighth in goals (12)

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Carolina; Saturday, at Colorado; Tuesday, at St. Louis; Thursday, vs. Boston

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