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Central Intelligence: November 13

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: 1-2-0

Overall Record: 8-7-1

Overview: Three first period goals against dug Chicago into a hole, and the Blackhawks opened their week with a 4-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils.

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored 26 seconds apart at the end of the first period for the Devils to expand Chicago's deficit to three. The Blackhawks would fall behind 4-0 before scoring the game's final two goals.

Against the Edmonton Oilers, rookie Artemi Panari recorded his first multi-goal game and first three-point game to help lead Chicago to a 4-2 victory. Panarin scored twice in the first period to put Chicago ahead 2-0, and then assisted on a Patrick Kane goal in the third period to push Chicago's lead to 3-1. Corey Crawford made 34 saves to earn the win.

Chicago finished its week with another matchup against the Devils, and another loss to New Jersey, this time, 3-2. Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Panarin scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the game, but Sergey Kalinin scored a power-play goal for New Jersey with 2:27 remaining to regain the lead for the Devils.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at St. Louis; Sunday, vs. Calgary; Wednesday, at Edmonton

Colorado Avalanche

Record Last Week: 2-1-0

Overall Record: 6-9-1

Overview: For the ninth time in 16 games this season, the Avalanche were outshot, and lost to the New York Rangers, 2-1. After taking a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal scored by Nathan MacKinnon, New York scored twice in 21 seconds in the second period to pull ahead for good.

Colorado got back in the win column in its next game with a 4-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. Jarome Iginla scored career goal number 596 just 57 seconds after the opening faceoff, and Matt Duchene scored twice over a span of 3:19 in the second period to put Colorado ahead 3-0. Duchene assisted on a Cody McLeod power-play goal in the third period, and recorded at least three points in a game for the 18th time in his career.

The Avalanche finished its week avenging an earlier loss in the season to the Boston Bruins by winning at TD Garden, 3-2. Colorado rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first period, and Duchene scored the game-winning goal with 13:11 remaining in regulation.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at Montreal; Tuesday, at Toronto; Thursday, at Pittsburgh

Dallas Stars

Record Last Week: 3-1-0
Overall Record: 13-4-0

Overview: The NHL's second-highest scoring team opened its week with two victories in which it scored four goals in each game. 

Colton Sceviour had two assists, and four different Stars scored goals to lead Dallas past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1.

The Stars then traveled to Detroit and defeated the Red Wings by an identical score. Defenseman John Klingberg had two assists, and Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist.

In their third game of the week, the Stars lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. Dallas took 38 shots on goal, with Sharp and Vernon Fiddler each beating James Reimer, but Toronto broke a 2-2 tie with 7:22 remaining in regulation and then scored an insurance goal with 3:28 remaining.

Dallas' week ended against Central Division rival Winnipeg, and the Stars scored three goals in the final 5:55 of regulation to win 6-3. Jamie Benn scored the game-winner, on the power play, and leads the NHL with 11 goals this season. Tyler Seguin, who recorded two assists, leads the League with 16.

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

Nashville Predators

Record Last Week: 1-1-1
Overall Record: 9-3-3

Overview: Registering their second-highest shots on goal total this season (45) the Predators were unable to solve Jake Allen and lost to the St. Louis Blues, 4-0. Craig Smith had seven shots on goal, and James Neal and Filip Forsberg each had six, but none of them were able to beat Allen.

Nashville found offense in its next game, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 7-5. The Predators trailed 3-1, and 5-4, but scored the final three goals of the game in its highest offensive-output this season. Seven different Predators scored, and rookie Austin Watson had a goal and two assists.

The Predators then traded goals with the Maple Leafs in the third period, but eventually lost to Toronto, in a shootout, 2-1. All five of Nashville's shootout attempts were stopped by James Reimer, and Peter Holland scored for the Maple Leafs, who got 21 saves from Reimer in regulation and overtime.

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

St. Louis Blues

Record Last Week: 2-1-0

Overall Record: 11-4-1

Overview: Jake Allen, who was second in the NHL in save percentage entering Thursday, made a single-game career-high 45 saves and St. Louis shutout the Nashville Predators, 4-0. Rookie Colton Parayko scored his fifth goal, his second power-play goal, and his third game-winning goal. He's tied for fifth among all rookies in goals, third in power-play goals, and is tied for the overall league-lead in game-winners.

Allen continued his shutout streak and the Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Martin Havlat scored his first goal as a Blue in his first game, and Allen made 24 saves.

The shutout streak for Allen came to an end when he allowed three first period goals and was pulled when the Blues lost to the Rangers, 6-3. St. Louis made it a game after trailing 3-0, pulling to within 3-2, and 4-3, but the Rangers scored twice in the third period to put the game away.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Chicago; Monday, vs. Winnipeg; Tuesday, at Columbus; Thursday, vs. Buffalo

Winnipeg Jets

Record Last Week: 0-3-0

Overall Record: 8-7-2

Overview: For the first time this season, the Jets were shutout as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0. Winnipeg took 28 shots on goal, and trailed 2-0 in the third period before an empty net goal by Matt Read sealed the game. 

The Jets then traveled to Minnesota and lost to the Wild, 5-3. Winnipeg fell behind 5-1 before Blake Wheeler scored and Bryan Little got his second of the game to draw within 5-3. Michael Hutchinson relieved Ondrej Pavelec in the second period after Pavelec allowed three goals on nine shots.

Despite going into the third period tied 3-3 with Dallas, the Jets allowed three goals over the final 5:55 of the game, including two empty-netters, and finished its week with a 6-3 loss against the Stars.

Wheeler, who had a goal and an assist against Minnesota, and took a season-high nine shots on goal, is fourth in the league in scoring with 20 points.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at Nashville; Monday, at St. Louis; Wednesday, vs. Vancouver

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