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Central Intelligence: November 27

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: 1-1-1

Overall Record: 12-8-2

Overview: The Blackhawks began their week with a 2-1, overtime loss against the Calgary Flames. Chicago took a season-low 19 shots on goal, but tied the game in the first period on an Artem Anisimov power-play goal. Scott Darling made 35 saves, and Johnny Gaudreau scored the over-time winner for Calgary 98 seconds into the extra period.

Chicago finished a Western Canada trip with a 6-3 loss against the Vancouver Canucks. In a game that featured seven lead changes, the Blackhawks led 1-0, and for 3:15 of game time, but then never again. Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, and Trevor Daley had two assists.

The Blackhawks got their first win of the week by defeating the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. Ten different Chicago skaters recorded a point, and Patrick Kane had two assists to take over the NHL scoring lead at 34 points.

Week Ahead: Friday, at Anaheim; Saturday, at Los Angeles; Tuesday, vs. Minnesota; Thursday, at Ottawa

Colorado Avalanche

Record Last Week: 1-2-0

Overall Record:

Overview: Colorado's week began by allowing a season-high seven goals in a 7-4 loss against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The home team led 3-0 at the 10-minute mark, and 4-0 before the end of the first period. Nathan MacKinnon scored his ninth goal of the season for Colorado.

The Avalanche then traveled to Winnipeg and defeated the Jets, 4-1. Colorado allowed only 21 shots on goal, and got 20 saves from Semyon Varlamov. Matt Duchene scored his team-leading 11th goal.

Colorado's week finished with a 5-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators despite outshooting Ottawa 43-29. The Avalanche fell behind 4-1, and drew to within 4-2 with an empty-net, 6-on-4 power-play goal with 9:10 remaining in the third period. MacKinnon scored his 10th of the season 1:36 later to make it a one-goal deficit, but Ottawa scored shorthanded with seven seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Winnipeg; Monday, at New York Islanders; Tuesday, at New Jersey; Thursday, at New York Rangers

Dallas Stars

Record Last Week: 1-1-0
Overall Record:

Overview: The Stars played the first two games of a three-game homestand, splitting them. The week began with a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on the strength of two Jamie Benn goals. Dallas led 1-0 entering the third before Benn, who leads the NHL in goals, struck twice. Tyler Seguin assisted on both of his goals.

In its next game, Dallas lost to the Senators, 7-4. Benn scored his team- and League-leading 16th goal, Seguin scored his 12th of the season, and defenseman John Klingberg recorded his 20th assist, second-most in the NHL, and most among defensemen.

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was injured when he collided with Klingberg during the Stars game against the Senators.

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Vancouver; Saturday, at Minnesota; Tuesday, at Calgary; Thursday, at Vancouver

Nashville Predators

Record Last Week: 1-3-0

Overall Record: 12-6-3

Overview: The Predators lost three straight games this week, their longest losing-streak of the season, before finishing their week with a win. Nashville was shut out three consecutive times, first against the Columbus Blue Jackets, then against the Minnesota Wild, and then against the New York Rangers.

The Predators outshot their opponent in two out of three of those shutouts, and over the three-game stretch took 93 shots on goal while conceding 64 shots on goal. Goalie Pekka Rinne started each of the three games. 

Nashville went to backup goalie Carter Hutton in its fourth game of the week, and got back in the win column, defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2. Hutton made 30 saves, and Nashville won despite being outshot 32-20. Mike Fisher, Craig Smith, and Cody Hogdson each scored for the Predators.

Week Ahead: Friday, at Philadelphia; Saturday, vs. Buffalo; Tuesday, vs. Arizona; Thursday, vs. Florida

St. Louis Blues

Record Last Week: 1-0-2
Overall Record: 14-6-3

Overview: The Blues bookended their week with overtime losses, while picking up a regulation win in the middle. St. Louis hosted a former division rival in the Detroit Red Wings, and lost 4-3, in overtime. Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and leads the Blues with 13 goals this season. He tied the game with 2:10 remaining in the third period to secure at least a point.

St. Louis then earned two points against the Sabres, winning 2-1. Buffalo led 1-0 entering the third period, but Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri each scored, and Blues goalie Jake Allen stopped 24 shots for his 10th victory of the season.

The Blues week finished with a 4-3, overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Blues, his second goal for St. Louis in seven games this season. St. Louis erased two one-goal deficits in the third period, but Evgeni Malkin scored 1:03 into overtime for Pittsburgh.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Columbus; Tuesday, vs. Florida

Winnipeg Jets

Record Last Week: 1-2-0
Overall Record: 10-11-2

Overview: The Jets began their week with a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Winnipeg jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period but trailed after 20 minutes, 2-1. The Jets scored the final two goals of the game though, with Dustin Byfuglien tying the score in the second period, and Chris Thorburn scoring a shorthanded, game-winner in the third.

The Jets week continued with a 4-1 loss against Colorado. Winnipeg again led 1-0 in the first period, but Colorado scored the next four goals, including three in the third, to pull away.

Winnipeg's week finished with the start of a three-game road trip, and a 5-3 loss against the Capitals. For the third time, the Jets led in the first period, this time behind goals from Tyler Myers and Andrew Ladd, but Winnipeg fumbled a 2-1 lead, and was outshot 34-26.

Week Ahead: Friday, at Minnesota; Saturday, at Colorado; Wednesday, vs. Toronto

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