The State of Every NHL Central Division Team at the Olympic Break

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The State of Every NHL Central Division Team at the Olympic Break
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Joel Quenneville and the Chicago Blackhawks have some strong challengers this year.

It houses the division of the defending Stanley Cup champions, not to mention two others that went into the NHL's Olympic break with 79 or more points. The Central Division is a beast, in other words, one in which five of its seven teams could easily make the playoffs.

The champion Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues enter the break tied in points with 84, though the Blues still have three games in hand. The surprising Colorado Avalanche aren't far behind with 79, and the Minnesota Wild are looking good for at least a wild-card spot. All seven teams have more regulation wins than regulation losses, the only division in the NHL that can say that.

What follows is a more detailed breakdown of where teams stand and the outlook for the road ahead to the season's finish line.

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