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Central Division Snapshot 2/21/15

A weekly recap for the happenings within the NHL's Central Division. Providing updates on records, news, injuries, and trades.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the central division the Blues were able to keep pace with Nashville while gaining a single point on 3rd place Chicago.  The Jets are still holding onto the 1st wildcard spot by narrow margin, with the Wild only 3 Points behind them.  Colorado is trying to salvage what they can of the season by surging late in the season.  Here are some stats and news from around the division from the 14th to the 20th of February.

The Records:

NSH 2 – 1 - 0

STL 2 – 1 - 0

CHI 1 - 1 - 1

WPG 2 – 1 - 0

MIN 3 – 1 - 0

DAL 1 – 2 – 0

COL 2 – 2 - 0

Trades and Notable Roster Moves:

The Nashville Predators made a bold move this week picking up Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from Toronto in exchange for Olli Jokinen, Brandon Leipsic, and their 2015 1st round pick.  Franson was one of the highest touted available defensemen this year.  Franson is a young Offensive-minded defenseman.  The Predators look a bit scarier on D when adding Franson to the Mix with Josi, Weber, and Jones.  Santorelli is a great depth center that adds more skill to the bottom six for Nashville. They give up Olli Jokinen, prospect Brandon Leipsic, and their First round pick this upcoming draft.

Nashville also sent central division veteran Viktor Stalberg to Milwaukee of the AHL this week.  Stalberg has fallen off considerably from his days in Chicago.

The Blues called up Finnish prospect Petteri Lindbohm this week, a big, physical D-man who surprised the organization out of training camp.  He was slated to spend this season in Europe but he had a great training camp and decided to play in Chicago (AHL) in hopes of call ups.  With the injuries to Bouwmeester, Gunnarsson, and Shattenkirk this season, He has played 10 games with the club scoring 1 goal adding 1 assist and a fighting major.  He looks to be the shining spot in the Blues Defense depth, with the next most ready player in their junior season of college (Parayko, Shmaltz).

Notable Injuries:

There are several notable injuries around the central this week.  Some of which are pretty substantial.

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin was announced to be out for 3-4 weeks after a low hit from Dimitri Kulikov (suspended 4 games).  The Stars also have Patrick Eaves (Concussion) and Ales Hemsky (DaytoDay, Upper body) out of the lineup.

Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk had successful abdominal surgery and remains 4-6 weeks away from playtime.

Nashville Defenseman Anton Volchenkov was put on IR this week with a lower body injury.

The Winnipeg Jets lose red hot forward Mathieu Perreault to a lower body injury for a speculated 3-4 weeks.  Perreault goes down in the midst of a run to catch 3rd place Chicago who is 5 points ahead of them.

Notable News:

Avs coach Patrick Roy did some tinkering with the lines for his young forwards and was able to get some extra offensive production this week.  The scoring was much needed for the Avs who are well out of the playoffs but are not yet mathematically eliminated.  Unfortunately, even with the new lines, the Avalanche were only able to win 2 out of 4 games this week. (http://avalanche.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=753656)

Former Blackhawk Steve Montador passed away at the age of 35 this week.  He was found dead in his home on Sunday.  An Autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death but no foul play is suspected.  The Chicago tribune reports that within the last month of his life, he was working on a lawsuit against the NHL over concussions.  (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0221-montador-blackhawks-nhl-20150220-story.html)

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As always leave your thoughts/suggestions in the comments.  I look forward to providing a weekly recap of the Central Division. Being new to the writing scene I'm very open to criticism and tips.