Central Division Check Up: March 4th

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Mar 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) warms up before the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues 

The St.Louis Blues made the biggest statement this past week when they acquired Steve Ott and Ryan Miller from Buffalo. By trading Jaroslav Halak for Ryan Miller, St.Louis fans are hoping this move will help them make it further in the post season and ultimately, to the Stanley Cup. Losing their last two games to Anaheim and Vancouver, the Blues will try for a victory Tuesday night vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. This will be the debut for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in a Blues uniform.

Chicago Blackhawks

Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks will be out two-three weeks with an upper body injury. This happened the past weekend at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The Blackhawks have signed forward Brandon Bollig to a three year contract extension. Bollig will be a Blackhawk until the end of the 2016-2017 season. Before dominating the Penguins, Chicago had lost to New York and Phoenix. Up next, the Avalanche will take on the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

 Colorado Avalanche 

Winners of two out of three since the break, the Colorado Avalanche are only three points out of the lead in the Central Division. Goals have come from all around on this team as of late, with the defense scoring four goals in a game Sunday vs. Tampa. Colorado made a small signing by bringing back Marc-Andre Cliche  for two more years last Thursday. The Avs’ will try for three straight against Chicago, Tuesday.

Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild got a boost to their team when Mikko Koivu and Marco Scandella returned on Monday for a game against Calgary. The Wild beat the Flames by a score of 3-2 and are now winners of 5 straight. With this win streak, Minnesota is sitting in sixth spot with 75 points. Part of Minnesota’s success has been attributed to goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper has a goals-against average of 0.46 and was named the NHL’s third star of the week. The Wild will have a Central Division clash when they visit Dallas Saturday.

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