Written by: Matthew Ruskan (@MRuskun)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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If he is not annoying the heck out of you via his physical play, then Scott Hartnell is probably scoring on you. At least, that is the way it has gone the past week, as Hartnell earned the NHL’s #1 Star of the Week for the week of March 8-15.
In that stretch of four games, Hartnell lit the lamp five times, and the Jackets won three of those games, including two since the last CBJ Weekly: a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings and a 5-4 comeback win in a shootout over the Edmonton Oilers.
While the three game win streak ended against the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Sunday, the Jackets can be pleased with how they played over that stretch, especially with the contributions of Hartnell’s line of himself, Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano.
Wennberg and Dano are rookies playing beside a veteran in Hartnell with fifteen years of NHL experience, and his tutoring is clearly paying off. If this development continues, it is an excellent sign for the Blue Jacket’s future.
This week the Jackets hit the road to start a three game trip, playing at Edmonton on Wednesday, at Vancouver on Thursday and at Calgary on Saturday. Traveling out west is always difficult, and while Edmonton is not playing that well this year, both Vancouver and Calgary are in the heat of a playoff race in the West and are desperate for every point, making them particularly dangerous teams to face.
In other CBJ news, Brandon Dubinsky returned to the lineup against the Hurricanes after battling flu-like symptoms that resulted in dehydration and weight loss and eventually missing two games. Hopefully the break before the Edmonton game gives him enough time to recover fully.
Left winger Ryan Craig was brought to Columbus on an emergency call-up, but no word has been given on what the emergency is.