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Full Metal Blue Jackets

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


The bye week for all NHL teams gets its start this week as 13 teams only play once. Each team in the next few weeks will get a five day break so there are only 31 games this week in the NHL. After tonight there will be 30 as there is only one game in the NHL tonight.

 

Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL’s first star of the week as he had five goals and seven points in three games.

 

Jonathan Bernier was the second star of the week as he took over from the injured Semyon Varlamov and was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.60 GAA and a .957 save percentage.

               

And the third star was Sidney Crosby who had only one assist in his first two contests this past week but had a goal and six assists in two games on the weekend to grab the final spot.

 

Jordan Schwartz, who injured his ankle on December 9, was seen walking without any aids nor a limp Monday. His next step will be to start skating. He must be ahead of schedule as he was not expected to see doctors until the six week mark and he is seems to be beyond that point.

 

Cody Franson was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks Monday.

 

There is not a ton of news due to the fact that most teams are on vacation and not allowed to practice.

 

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COLUMBUS 3 TORONTO 2 (Overtime)

 

You never give up. The Columbus Blue Jackets were trailing 2-0 heading into the third period and were being outshot 12-1 in the final stanza by Toronto, but they scored twice with less than five minutes remaining in the game and then won it in overtime 3-2.

 

Both goalies were spectacular but Sergei Bobrovsky was just a bit better, especially in the third when he held the Blue Jackets in the game long enough for Columbus to score twice on only four shots in the third.

 

Bobrovsky had no chance on either Maple Leaf goal in the second period after a scoreless first frame. James van Riemsdyk deflected a Roman Polak shot from the point to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

 

The Maple Leafs started pouring it on and after a Josh Anderson slashing penalty on Auston Matthews, William Nylander scored on a howitzer from the point that somehow found the one spot Bobrovsky was not covering, a small hole short side in the top corner.

 

The Maple Leafs took the 2-0 lead into the third and it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Toronto would be victorious as they dominated a Columbus team that played the night before.

 

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However, as mentioned earlier, the Blue Jackets scored a couple of late goals. The first one came courtesy of Jordan Schroeder who scored his first of the season in his 16th game. It could be changed to Nick Foligno as it sure looked like he knocked it past            Frederik Andersen after Schroeder’s shot went high and over Andersen. It changed the game.

 

Morgan Rielly had a horrible turnover trying to make a stretch pass and Seth Jones intercepted it. He took it over the blueline and found Pierre-Luc Dubois who fired the puck from the slot past Andersen.

 

The overtime was wide open at times but Artemi Panarin ended it when he took a pass from Zach Werenski and put it into the empty cage. It was thought that he directed the puck in with his skate but he did get his stick on it for the winner.

 

It really looks like Nylander has his game back. He has four goals and 10 points in his last 10 games and he is showing that his confidence level could be at an all-time high in the NHL as not only did he score on a laser shot but he is showing moves that dazzle his opponents. It could be a good time to get him if available in trade in your fantasy draft as he should be owned at this time.

 

Dubois has really come on of late especially since Thanksgiving as he has seven goals and 17 points in 22 games. He was taken third overall in 2016 and spent last season back in junior hockey before making the Blue Jackets this season out of training camp as a 19-year-old.

 

Bobrovsky turned aside 35 shots for the win and is 21-12-3 with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

 

Frederik Andersen made 30 saves and saw his record go to 22-12-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

 

Jones had a pair of assists for the Blue Jackets.



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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