COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Detroit Red Wings jumped out of the gate in a big hurry earlier on in this 2010-2011 NEFHL season, but after consecutive solid performances the Columbus Blue Jackets have managed to reel them in. The two teams are now tied with 17 points in what many consider to be the toughest division in professional sports.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues remain dead in the water, with only the Edmonton Oilers and NY Islanders boasting worse records. The Blues (6-9-3) have recently made a slew of moves in the hopes of resurrecting their season, but NEFHL pundits suggest it's too little, too late for GM Phil's team. "The Blues would be better served by reacquiring their 1st and 2nd round picks, if you ask me", said one analyst under the cover of anonymity.

As it stands, the Chicago Blackhawks remain atop the division with 23 points in 22 games, though GM Sylvain's Nashville Predators sport the highest winning percentage at 0.588. But with four teams at 0.500 or over, how the Central Division stacks up at Christmas time is still anyone's guess.

- BJ Express