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The Central Division is fun this year

Jan 9, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

Pavel Datsyuk, Marian Hossa AP

You know all about Chicago and Detroit and their game last night shows why they’re still the marquee matchup in the Central Division, but things are different this year.

Detroit’s win put them back in first place but it’s a lead that’s perilous at best as both Chicago and St. Louis are equal to them in points with 53. Factor in the Nashville Predators with 48 and you’ve got a division race that’s set up to be one of the best in the NHL this year.

With Ken Hitchcock taking over St. Louis and helping the Blues realize their potential, it’s no longer just Detroit and Chicago treating the other three teams like also-rans. The steady improvement of Nashville over the years and the Blues return to glory have made the Central Division into a four-way dance for one of the top spots in the Western Conference. Sorry Columbus, but your bad season couldn’t have come at a worse time.

After seeing the Pacific Division manage to put four out of five teams in the playoffs last year, the Central is where it’s at this season.

  1. comeonnowguys - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Glad to see all these teams will be together post-realignment.

  2. polegojim - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Beautiful and as it should be – Love the tight competition.

    Why do so many wonder why the NHL likes Det/Chi in the Winter Classic?

    Now..and finally… the Blues would be a good option too. It just needs to be a match up of valid playoff teams to fill the Big House.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  3. polegojim - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    PS – can’t figure out why the Red Wings are starting soooo slow recently.

    They almost seem bored, as if they need to be losing as an incentive to start playing well… that will bite you in the butt.

    C’Mon – First Period… Let’s Go Red Wings!

  4. lsxphotog - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Last night was one of the best games of the season.

  5. yettyskills - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Am i the only one who still dreams of having Toronto back in the division?

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      No.

  6. tone360 - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    “One of the best” thin limb there. Easily top six, huh. Hard hitting journalism.

  7. paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Can we go back to calling it the Norse division, yet?

    • chihawkee - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Norris?

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