Ramblings: Berube, Wedgewood Providing Quality Goaltending; Pettersson, Seguin Salvaging Their Seasons (Feb 26)

Ian Gooding


Filling in for the injured Elvis Merzlikins, Joonas Korpisalo, and Daniil Tarasov, J-F Berube deserved a better fate on Friday. Even though he posted his fourth consecutive quality start, Berube was tagged with the loss because the ice was tilted in the Columbus end, which resulted in him yielding four goals to Carolina. The Jackets were outshot 50-19 in this game, even trailing 38-9 in shots after two periods. Getting pounded with shots has been a way of life for the Blue Jackets recently, with Berube facing 50, 42, 42, and 36 shots in each of his four quality starts. The previous three games all resulted in wins, though.

Merzlikins was recently activated from IR but served as the backup on Friday, while Korpisalo was recently placed on IR with a lower-body injury. While Korpisalo is still sidelined, the 30-year-old journeyman Berube has put himself in a position to challenge Elvis for starts. Berube might need a longer rest after exerting himself on Friday, but don't be surprised if Brad Larsen turns to the hot hand again on Sunday against Pittsburgh. If Berube is starting, he might be worth rolling the dice on. He's rostered in only 9 percent of Yahoo leagues and 8 percent of Fantrax leagues.

Because the Jackets were shut out, Patrik Laine's point streak ended at 11 games. He finishes with 13 goals and 21 points over that 11-game stretch. A look at the Hot Players list on Frozen Tools shows that no player has been hotter in terms of points per game over that many games.

Frederik Andersen had to make only 19 saves in earning his third shutout of the season. He now leads the NHL with 28 wins.

With Tony DeAngelo expected to miss the next month with an upper-body injury, Jaccob Slavin has been promoted to the first-unit power play. Although he didn't record a point on Friday, he entered the game with five points in his last five games. He's already rostered in the majority of leagues, but is currently worth a pickup if he is still available in yours.

With two goals and an assist on Friday, Jordan Kyrou has bumped himself past the point-per-game mark again (48 points in 47 games).

If Kyrou's linemate Ivan B