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Central Intelligence: November 20

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: 3-0-0

Overall Record: 11-7-1

Overview: The Blackhawks responded from a stretch of three losses in four games by winning three consecutive times this past week. It started against divisional rival St. Louis on the road, and Blackhawks erased a second period deficit before winning, 4-2. Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 12th goal, and defenseman Duncan Keith, who returned after missing nearly month with an injury, scored his first of the season.

Chicago then returned to United Center and defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1. The Blackhawks scored three times in the second period, and added an empty-net goal in the game's closing minute.

The Blackhawks' week finished with their third overtime victory this season, defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3. Marian Hossa scored the game-winner 68 seconds into overtime, and Corey Crawford made 34 saves.

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Calgary; Saturday, at Vancouver; Wednesday, at San Jose

Colorado Avalanche

Record Last Week: 1-2-0

Overall Record: 7-11-1

Overview: Colorado put in one of its best, most dominating performances of the season and defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-1. Eight different Avalanche skaters recorded a point, and Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in 13 seconds in the first period, including the game-winner.

The Avalanche then traveled to Toronto and lost to the Maple Leafs, 5-1. Erik Johnson scored the lone goal for Colorado, who lost despite outshooting Toronto, 35-30.

Colorado's week finished with a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3. The Avalanche attempted late comebacks, drawing to within a goal twice in the third period, but couldn't tie it up. Matt Duchene scored twice, and passed Mats Sundin for 11th on Colorado's all-time scoring list (335 points), and 12th on the all-time goals list (136). The list dates back to prior to when the Avalanche was relocated to Colorado, and was previously the Quebec Nordiques.

Week Ahead: Saturday, at Washington; Monday, at Winnipeg; Wednesday, vs. Ottawa

Dallas Stars

Record Last Week: 3-0-0

Overall Record: 16-4-0

Overview: Owners of the best record in hockey, Dallas won each of its three games last week, extending a winning streak to four games. The Stars started by holding off two comebacks from the Minnesota Wild, and eventually winning in overtime on a John Klingberg goal. Klingberg also had two assists in the 3-2 victory.

Dallas then met the Buffalo Sabres and defeated the non-conference opponent, 3-1. The Stars finished their week with another non-conference game, defeating the Washington Capitals, 3-2. Tyler Seguin scored his 11th goal of the season, and Klingberg recorded his league-leading 18th assist.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Buffalo; Tuesday, vs. Ottawa

Nashville Predators

Record Last Week: 2-0-0

Overall Record: 11-3-3

Overview: Nashville exploded for its biggest offensive performance of the season, defeating the Winnipeg Jets, 7-0. The Predators jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, and eight different Nashville skaters recorded multi-point games.

The Predators then withstood a 40-shot effort by the Anaheim Ducks and won 3-2 behind goaltender Pekka Rinne. Shea Weber, James Neal, and Miika Salomaki scored, and Rinne made 38 saves to earn his 10th victory of the season.

Week Ahead: Friday, at Columbus; Saturday, at Minnesota; Monday, at New York Rangers; Wednesday, at Buffalo

St. Louis Blues

Record Last Week: 2-2-0

Overall Record: 13-6-1

Overview: The Blues alternated wins and losses last week, beginning with a 4-2 loss at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. Vladimir Tarasenko scored both goals for St. Louis. In their next game, the Blues defeated the Jets, 3-2. St. Louis only allowed 18 shots on goal, Tarasenko scored again, and David Backes scored twice, including the game-winner.

The Blues then got 35 saves from Brian Elliott but it wasn't enough as they lost against the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1. Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the first period to give St. Louis a lead, but Columbus scored the next three goals, including an empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining in the third period.

St. Louis finished its week by rebounding with a 3-2, shootout victory against the Buffalo Sabres. Shattenkirk and Tarsenko each scored for the Blues, Jake Allen made 32 saves, and Alexander Steen scored the lone goal in the shootout.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Detroit; Monday, at Buffalo; Wednesday, at Pittsburgh

Winnipeg Jets

Record Last Week: 1-2-0

Overall Record: 9-9-2

Overview: The Jets began their week with their most lopsided loss of the season, losing to the Blues, 7-0. Goalie Michael Hutchinson was chased after giving up three goals on five shots.

Winnipeg then took on divisional foe St. Louis, and lost 3-2. Dustin Byufglien and Bryan Little each scored for Winnipeg, who erased a 2-0 deficit, but took only 18 shots on goal.

The Jets got back in the win column against the Vancouver Canucks, winning 4-1. Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford each had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to earn the victory.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Arizona; Monday, vs. Colorado; Wednesday, at Washington

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