After a thrilling season, the NHL is officially over for another year. So, the team at SportsTips thought it would be a good idea to go through every team in the Central Division, and have a look at the year that was!
The Arizona Coyotes were the worst team in the National Hockey League during the 2021-22 season. Their issues extended off of the ice as well as they were nearly locked out of their arena because of non payment issues. They were winless for the first few weeks of the 2021-22 National Hockey League.
They are likely going to be one of the worst teams in the league for the next handful of years. Arizona finished the season with a record of 25-50-7, as they ended the year in last place of the Central Division and in last overall in the Western Conference out of 16 teams.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 12, 2022
They were absolutely crushed when playing at home yet somehow slightly better when they went out on the road. They won only 11 games at home and 14 away from Arizona. They finished with a final record of 11-30 at their home arena and a record of 14-27 away from it.
They were outscored by more than 100 goals as they only managed to score 207 while giving up 303 on the year. Clayton Keller finished the season with the team lead in goals with 28 and points with 63. While Phil Kessel led the way with 44 assists.
It was a long year for the Chicago Blackhawks as they started out the season on a lengthy losing streak that they never recovered from. They did not notch their first victory until November 1st, a full month after the year had started. By the time they got their first win they had a record of 1-7-2 through ten total games played.
They would go on to finish the season with a record of 28-42-12 and in seventh place in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference overall. They finished with identical records at home at the United Center and on the road as well with 14-27.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 12, 2022
The Blackhawks scored 219 goals and gave up nearly 300 as they struggled on the defensive end of the ice all season long. They even fired their coach midway through the year when they had a record of 1-11 on the season.
After they fired Jeremy Colliton and appointed Derek King the interim coach they immediately went on a four game winning streak and won five out of their next six games. However, they were just too far in the hole to recover after that.
The Colorado Avalanche had an incredible regular season as they finished in first place of the Central Division and first overall in the Western Conference as well. Their fantastic regular season led to a great playoff run and they won the Stanley Cup, dethroning the two time champions the Tampa Bay Lightning in the process.
They finished the regular season with a record of 56-19-7 and with an incredible record at home of 32-9. Their record on the road was solid as well as they finished 24-17 away from Denver. They scored nearly 100 more goals than they gave up as they netted 312 and relinquished 234.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 12, 2022
The Avalanche were led by the core of Nazem Kadri, who also finished for the team lead in assists and Mikko Rantanen who led the way with 36 goals and 92 total points. While Darcy Kuemper led the way in net with 37 of the Avalanche’s 56 wins in net.
Colorado was incredible throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. As they wrapped up two four game sweeps and finished with an overall record of 16-4 in 20 games played. They also ended the chance at a three peat for the Tampa Bay Lightning as well.
The Dallas Stars had a pretty decent campaign during the 2021-22 season. As they finished the year with a record of 46-30-6 and in fourth place in the Central Division and seventh overall in the Western Conference. That was good enough for them to make the playoffs as well.
Unfortunately for Dallas however, their stay in the postseason wouldn’t last long as they were defeated by the Calgary Flames in Round One. The elimination came after a hard fought seven game series where Dallas held a 2-1 lead at one point.
Anyways, here’s Stars goaltender Matt Murray pic.twitter.com/uMxiGWPGw2
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 12, 2022
They posted a .500 or better record in the second half of the season every single month after a slow start during the first half of the year. They were a tough team to beat on their home ice as they went 27-14, however they were a little less tougher on the road where they posted a 19-22 record.
Dallas finished with a minus eight goal differential as they scored 238 goals while giving up 246. Joe Pavelski led the way for them in assists with 54 and total points with 81. While Jason Robertson led the way with 41 goals and he also had the best plus/minus rating on the squad as well.
It was a bit of an up-and-down season for the Minnesota Wild, as they were at one point the best team in the National Hockey League. That didn’t last long but they still managed to carve out a respectable season for themselves.
They made the Stanley Cup Playoffs after their regular season concluded. They finished the season with a record of 53-22-7 and in second place of the Central Division and second overall in the Western Conference.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 12, 2022
However, their playoff stay was short lived after they were defeated by their Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues in Round One. Their playoff appearance was their ninth in the last ten seasons, which shows just how consistent this team was and has been. The series lasted six games and at one point Minnesota led 2-1.
They scored 310 goals last season and gave up 253 as they finished with a positive goal differential of 57. Kirill Kaprizov led the way in all three major categories as he scored 47 goals and added 61 assists for a total of 108 points on the year. Cam Talbot was once again great in net as he was in goal for 32 of the Minnesota Wild’s 53 victories.
The Nashville Predators put together a respectful season that resulted in a Stanley Cup playoff berth. They finished in fifth place of the Central Division and eighth overall in the Western Conference and earned themselves a Wild Card spot. They finished the regular season with a record of 45-30-7.
However, their playoff run didn’t last long as they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Colorado Avalanche in just four games. They were completely overmatched in that playoff series as they were out scored nine to 21, with only one game going to overtime.
— NashFil Predators (@PredsNHL) July 12, 2022
The Predators were solid at home and a bit disappointing on the road as they picked up 25 wins in Nashville and only 20 away from home. They finished the season with a positive goal differential of 14 as they scored 266 and gave up 252.
Roman Josi was the leading man on the ice as he totaled 73 assists and ended the season with 96 total points. Matt Duchene led the way with 43 goals as well, while Juuse Saros was in net for 38 of Nashville’s 45 victories.
St. Louis Blues
It was another consistently solid year for the St. Louis Blues as they made a run to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They finished the season in third place of the Central Division and fourth overall in the Western Conference. They ended the year with an overall record of 49-22-11.
They played great on their own home ice as they finished the season with a record of 26-15 in St. Louis. They looked decent on the road as well as they finished 23-18 away from home. The Blues ended the season with a positive goal differential of 69 as they scored 311 and gave up 242.
Up in the gym just working on my fitness pic.twitter.com/xnoTj3hZVy
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 12, 2022
Unfortunately for St. Louis, their Stanley Cup playoff run was short-lived as they were defeated in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champions the Colorado Avalanche in six games. However before being eliminated they still managed to grab a first round win over Minnesota in six games.
Vladimir Tarasenko led the way in goals and total points for the Blues as he scored 34 goals and finished the year with 82 total points. While Robert Thomas led the way with 57 assists. Ville Husso was the top goaltender as he led the Blues in net with 25 of their total 49 victories on the year.
It was an up-and-down year for the Winnipeg Jets and at the end of the 82 game regular season unfortunately for them, they missed out on the postseason. They finished the season in six place in the Central Division and eleventh overall in the Western Conference, and they finished the year four games under the .500 mark.
Their final record on the season was 39-32-11 as their struggles on the road hampered them all season long. They finished the year with a record of 23-18 at home but their record of 16-25 on the road is what led to them have a losing season.
Fuelled by Passion? ✅
Born with Passion! 👶🏼 pic.twitter.com/amn6PCSwrV
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) July 12, 2022
It got so bad at one point in the year that they had to find a new head coach heading into the final month of 2021. The Winnipeg Jets had a record of 13-16 when he resigned from the team. When they lost Paul Maurice they appointed Dave Lowry as the interim head coach.
Kyle Connor led the way for them in all three major categories as he led the team in goals, assists, and total points. He scored 47 goals and added 46 assists for a final points total of 93 on the season. While Connor Hellebuyck was the leader in net with 28 of the Jets 39 wins.
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