Central Division Check Up: March 11th

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Mar 9, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save on a shot by Minnesota Wild forward Matt Moulson (26) in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues

The Blues return home on Tuesday night after a 3 game road trip in which they earned six points. T.J Oshie earned his 50th point on a goal in Minnesota on Sunday night, in a 3-2 overtime victory. With that goal, Oshie has 16 goals and 34 assists this season. Sitting in first place with 94 points, St.Louis has four more points than the Chicago Blackhawks and one point on Anaheim. Up next for the Blues, Dallas will be in town on Tuesday and Edmonton on Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks

Fifteen goals were scored by the talented Chicago Blackhawks have scored over the last four games while going 3-1. During these four games, Jonathan Toews has been a scoring machine, scoring six goals in four games. The last result for the Blackhawks was a 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Winners of their last two, Chicago visits Colorado on Wednesday for the last game of a two game road trip.

Colorado Avalanche

Following a victory against Winnipeg on Monday night, the Colorado Avalanche are winners of six of their last seven. However, Colorado received some bad news after Monday nights game. P.A Parenteau whom left after his second shift in the first period, has a sprained MCL and could possibly miss 4-6 weeks. Nathan Mackinnon broke an NHL record last week, having a 13 game point streak at the age of 18. The Avalanche have games against Chicago, Anaheim and Ottawa.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota added Ilya Bryzgalov this past week and shut down goalie Nicklas Backstrom for the rest of the season. This can’t be good for a team trying to make a playoff run having some uncertainty in net. The Wild also picked up Matt Moulson from Buffalo which was a great pickup. Matt Cooke will set a milestone on Tuesday night, it will be his 1,000th game in the NHL. Looking to get back on track after losing two, Minnesota will host Edmonton, New York and Columbus this week.

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