Central Division Check Up: February 25th

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Feb 8, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) and Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) celebrate the win over the Phoenix Coyotes at the American Airlines Center. Lehtonen had 26 saves in the game. The Stars defeated the Coyotes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars

During every Olympics we see a new star emerge in the NHL. This years star would be a Dallas Star, Jamie Benn. Having watched Benn against the Winnipeg Jets, I knew he was talented. I just didn’t know how talented. I don’t like to give one player too much credit, but I believe he’s a huge reason Dallas is having success. Battling with 6 other teams for the final playoff spot, the Stars may be the best bet for the 8th and final playoff spot. After beating the Coyotes 2-1, the Stars will visit the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday.

Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators are also a team on the outside which a chance. In the bottom of the conference, the Predators are just a game back of Winnipeg and nine points back of the Minnesota Wild. In Sochi, Nashville and Team Canada fans got to marvel at Shea Weber another time. With his booming slap shot and defensive play, he makes Nashville a hard team to play against every night. The Predators are losers of three straight. They visit Florida and the Winnipeg Jets this week.

Winnipeg Jets

No team was more on fire before the Olympics than the Winnipeg Jets. With a coaching change that was obviously successful, the Jets now have a realistic chance of making the playoffs. Am I banking on the Jets making it? No, but the confidence of our team has soared to new heights over the past few weeks and anything is possible. Saying that, the Jets have 62 points,and are just two behind Dallas.  Before the break, the Winnipeg Jets lost their last two games to St.Louis and Washington. Up next, the Phoenix Coyotes will get a warm welcome to the MTS Center this Thursday night at 7:00 P.M.

 

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