Patches and a Pair of Blue Jackets

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This week, the Eastern Edge takes a look at a couple of Canadiens who are heating up and two Blue Jackets who are getting increased responsibilities.



Max Pacioretty began this season with only four points in his first dozen matches. In those 12 games, he averaged 3.5 shots per contest. Over his last seven games, he’s averaged 5.4 shots per game and more importantly, has eight goals and one helper during that stretch.


The 25-year-old winger seemed set for a career year heading into this season after two consecutive strong campaigns. In 2011-12, he notched a career high 33 goals and 65 points in 79 games while averaging 3.6 shots per game. The following year was the lockout season, where he recorded 39 points in 44 games, a 73 point pace. He averaged 3.7 shots per contest that year. His terrible start this season just didn’t add up.


Over his last 10 games, Pacioretty has lined up with David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher for a significant majority of his even-strength shifts. Desharnais has had an absolutely brutal start to this season, registering a single lonely point over his first 19 games. He has eight points in his last seven contests. Yeah, he’s back.


One big reason Desharnais continued to get thrown out there was in part due to a four year contract extension he signed last March. This gives a player golden boy status and generally keeps management motivated to let a player play his way out of most any funk they happen to encounter.

Who would have thought that 27 games into the season, Ryan Johansen would be leading the Blue Jackets in both goals and points? The smart money would have been on “Made” Marian Gaborik, but the slick Slovak has been on the shelf since mid-November with a knee injury (a.k.a. the i