The Red Wings, St. Louis and Chicago all have 53 points, leading the Central Division, at the halfway point of the regular season.
Coach Mike Babcock and Red Wings players said after Sunday’s overtime victory in Chicago they expect the race to continue as close it is for the second half of the season.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has watched his team lose a slim lead in the standings but also expects a tight race to the end.
“That race we’ve had, we might have been ahead of those teams, but it wasn’t like we were light years ahead of them,” Quenneville said. “It’s one, two-point swing here, everybody’s in the mix. I see this battle going on all year, and the (Western) Conference is tightening up as well. But we did give away a lot of ground here this week, and it’s up to us to regain where we’re at.”