Central Division Check Up: April 3rd

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Apr 1, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) during a shootout at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Flyers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

St.Louis Blues

Ryan Miller earned his first shut out as a St.Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Miller and the Blues beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 to get their 51st win of the season. St.Louis seems to be peaking at the right time, the Blues are 7-3 in their last ten games and it couldn’t be a better time as the post season reaches near. Buffalo comes to St.Louis for a match up on Thursday.

Colorado Avalanche

Thanks to a four-game win streak, the Colorado Avalanche are back in second place. Colorado beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night in overtime without center Matt Duchene. The Avalanche face a tough battle with Matt Duchene injured for the next four weeks. Thursday night the Rangers visit the Avalanche.

Chicago Blackhawks

Bad news hit the Blackhawks on Wednesday. Chicago found out they’ll be without start center Jonathan Toews for the remainder of the season. However, head coach Joel Quenneville says that Toews will be fine for the playoffs. The Blackhawks are losers of three straight and are back in third. Minnesota is in Chicago on Thursday for a central division clash.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is 4-4-2 in their last ten games, but have two consecutive third period comebacks. The Wild beat the Kings on Monday 3-2 for another impressive third period comeback. Goalie Josh Harding had his first practice with the Wild on Wednesday since being out with an illness since January. The Wild have a short travel to Chicago for a game on Thursday.

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