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Central Intelligence: October 23

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.


Chicago Blackhawks

Record Last Week: 2-0-0


Overall Record: 4-3-0

Overview: The Blackhawks began their week with a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Marian Hossa scored his first goal of the season, and Patrick Kane scored his fourth. Kane's linemate, rookie Artemi Panarin, continued to produce, picking up two assists.

Chicago then defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2, getting more contributions from Kane and Panarin. The former scored his team-leading sixth goal, adding an assist, and Panarin recorded another assist.

In his first seven career NHL games, Panarin has eight points, with six assists, two of which have come on Kane goals, and two more that Kane also got an assist on.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Tampa Bay; Monday, vs. Anaheim; Thursday, at Winnipeg

Colorado Avalanche

Record Last Week: 1-1-1

Overall Record: 2-3-1

Overview: Colorado shut out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 behind a 35-save shutout from Reto Berra. The Avalanche then dropped a 2-1 game at Los Angeles, and a 1-0 overtime game versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

Berra made 38 saves against the Kings, before making way for Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 18 of 19 shots in the loss against Carolina. After giving up 14 goals in its first three games, the Avalanche have allowed three goals in its past three games.

Carl Soderberg had an assist against Anaheim and Los Angeles, and Matt Duchene scored his first goal of the season against the Kings.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Columbus; Tuesday, at Florida; Thursday at Tampa Bay

Dallas Stars

Record Last Week: 4-0-0


Overall Record: 6-1-0

Overview: The Stars left Dallas for a four-game road trip, and swept the four games in visiting arenas.

It began in Tampa Bay, where Dallas held off a Lightning comeback to win 5-3. Two nights later, the Stars stayed near the coast and defeated the Florida Panthers, erasing a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 victory.

The road trip continued in Philadelphia, where Dallas defeated the Flyers 2-1. The Stars finished up a Pennsylvania swing on Thursday, winning against the Penguins, 4-1.

Tyler Seguin had goals in each of the first three games of the road trip, totaling four goals and four assists over the three games. Linemate and 2015 Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn had four goals and three assists in those same three games.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Florida; Tuesday, vs. Anaheim; Thursday, vs. Vancouver

Nashville Predators

Record Last Week: 3-1-0

Overall Record: 6-1-0

Overview: After winning its first three games of the season, Nashville dropped its first game, in Brooklyn, to the Islanders, 4-3.

The Predators rebounded from that loss with three victories, two of which went to a shootout. Nashville defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, and then the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4, with Filip Forsberg scoring in both shootouts.

Nashville went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks, 5-1, the fifth consecutive game the Predators have scored three or more goals.

James Neal, who scored his first goal of the season against the Islanders, went on a three-game goal streak, scoring five in total, with multi-goal games against the Senators and Lightning. Forsberg, in addition to his shootout goals, had a goal and three assists over the four games.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. Pittsburgh; Wednesday, at San Jose

St. Louis Blues

Record Last Week: 2-1-0


Overall Record: 5-2-0

Overview: The Blues began its week with wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, defeating those teams 4-3 and 4-2, respectively. St. Louis then played the last of a season-high six game road trip in Montreal, losing to the undefeated Canadiens 3-0 despite taking 38 shots on goal.

Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and two assists combined against the Canucks and Jets, and Dmitrji Jaskin had two assists. Tarasenko leads St. Louis with five goals and nine points. Tarasenko's line of Alexander Steen and Jori Lehtera has combined for 10 goals, 12 assists, and 22 points in seven games.

Blues center Paul Stastny sustained a broken foot, and will miss five weeks, according to St. Louis, at which point he will be further evaluated.

Week Ahead: Saturday, vs. New York Islanders; Tuesday, vs. Tampa Bay; Thursday, vs. Anaheim

Winnipeg Jets

Record Last Week: 1-1-0


Overall Record: 4-2-0

Overview: The Jets defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Friday before losing to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, 4-2. Winnipeg has a five-day break between its game against St. Louis, and its next game, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Saturday.

In its victory against the Flames, the Jets home-opener, Dustin Byfuglien scored, and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 19 of 20 shots to lead Winnipeg at MTS Centre.

Against St. Louis, five lead-changes finally saw the Blues pull ahead 3-2 in the third before a late power-play goal increased Winnipeg's deficit to two and sealed the game. 

Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist in the two games. Pavelec faced 41 shots against the Blues, including 12 on power plays.

Week Ahead: Friday, vs. Tampa Bay; Sunday, vs. Minnesota; Tuesday, vs. Los Angeles; Thursday, vs. Chicago

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