How Central teams are trending
July, 30, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Michael Ivins/USA TODAY SportsAfter winning the 2013 Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks could take a step back next season.Continuing our look at how teams are trending in the new divisions, we move to the new-look Central. How will the defending champs adapt to their new competition?
Central DivisionAverage team point total last season: 53
2012-13 playoff teams: 3 (Blackhawks, Blues and Wild)
Notable strength: When it comes to allowing shots, this division features some of the stingiest teams in the NHL. Four of the 10 teams that allowed the fewest number of shots per game come from the Central (Blues, Blackhawks, Wild, Predators), with the Blues No. 2 in the NHL at 24.2 shots against per game last season.