Nashville moves into second
The Nashville Predators moved even with the idle Winnipeg Jets in the Central Division with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators and Jets remain two points adrift of the St. Louis Blues atop the standings.
Roman Josi's sixth of the campaign, a power play goal early in the third period, turned out to be the winner as the Predators defeated the Blackhawks for the second time in three outings this season.
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson also lit the lamp for the hosts with Chicago replying through Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma.
Nashville is 8-1-1 in their last ten outings and bounced nicely from their shootout set back to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Sunday.
The Predators continue their four-game home stand on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks with the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins to follow.
The Ducks are Wednesday's opponent for the Blues at the Scottrade Center with St. Louis is the midst of their own home stand.
Losers at home to Nashville on Friday, the Blues then doubled up the Minnesota Wild over the Weekend.
The Los Angeles Kings complete the five-game stretch at home for St. Louis who then visit the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday.
Meanwhile the Blackhawks continue an eight-game ping-pong schedule when they play the front end of a home and home series with the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Thursday.
The two teams play the return in Dallas on Saturday before Chicago is home to the Kings, face the Capitals in Washington and then host the Buffalo Sabres.
It's a brutal schedule for the Blackhawks who are just three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, the current resident of the cellar in the Division.
Nashville are 1/30 to win the Central Division this season, with the Jets priced at 8/1. The pacesetting Blues are 4999/1.
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