Ramblings: Wennberg Showing Signs of Life (Dec 21)

steve laidlaw

2017-12-21

 

The Blue Jackets were without Zach Werenski due to an injury described as day-to-day. I guess we wait and see. Seth Jones stepped up in his absence with a goal and an assist, including a power-play point.

Don’t look now, but the Blue Jackets have scored a power-play marker in three of the last four games going 3/13 in that stretch. This isn’t yet a trend, but any signs of life are worth getting excited about.

Alexander Wennberg is streaking with points in four straight games. Amazingly this scoring streak has come without getting in on any of those recent PP goals. Check out his snipe:

More of that, please.

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Mitch Marner appears to be heating up with goals in back-to-back games including this gem:

Talk about having the puck on a string.

Marner was all over the place with seven SOG. James van Riemsdyk matched him with seven SOG of his own. That line along with Tyler Bozak is flying high this week.

Nazem Kadri has gone nine straight games without a point. It could be a good time to make a pitch for his services. He remains a high-end shot producer with 29 SOG in this scoreless stretch and he surely won’t stay quiet forever. It is worth mentioning that his PIM production is way down after being an elite PIM producer the past couple of seasons, so some of his peripheral fantasy value is down.

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The Flyers’ power play hasn’t been quite as effective as in past seasons, but they’ve still got some magic in them: