Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock attributes Rick Nash’s strong play of late to the fact he is getting more responsibility killing penalties. Hitchcock feels if Nash is out in some situations where there is zero pressure to score a goal, he will be more relaxed in other situations.
Makes sense to me.
Nash is scoring again and that is all that matters in fantasyland. The 22-year-old has five goals and 11 points in his last six games while clicking with linemates David Vyborny (12 points in that span) and Sergei Fedorov (10 points).
Nash one day will be a 50-goal, 90-point scorer. His 12 goals to date will make getting there difficult this year, but tallying 40 is certainly within reach. It says right here he will do it. He needs 28 goals in 50 games to get there.
While Nash is racking up the points, he help Vyborny and Fedorov both reach the 65-point mark. All this, just from killing some penalties.
It also helps that Columbus now has a second line. Anson Carter has 12 points in his last 11 games, Fredrik Modin has 15 in his last 20 and Dan Fritsche has nine points in his last eight gamesÂ…
Joffrey Lupul’s season just does not want to pick up. The Edmonton Oilers youngster is pointless in his last six games and is a minus-6. He has just two points in his last 12 and with Ales Hemsky now back in the lineup, the prospects for Lupul turning things around look grimÂ…
The acquisition of Alexei Zhitnik by Philadelphia will help fellow rearguard Joni Pitkanen. His season could not get any worse (he was minus-19 heading into Tuesday night). Pitkanen needs a veteran partner with speed and Zhitnik fits that bill to a teeÂ…
Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Jeff Carter (broken foot) returned to the Philadelphia lineup on Tuesday night and played over 19 minutes. He was a minus-2 with zero points. As long as Forsberg is out, the Flyers will continue to treat Carter like the No.1 center he is destined to be. Carter will shake his funk eventually and salvage 40-45 points this year. In two years he will start to regularly top 75Â…Jordan Leopold finally got into the Colorado lineup after off-season hernia surgery. The 26-year-old defenseman played five games, then injured his groin. He will be out until the second week of JanuaryÂ…Nashville pivot Jason Arnott will be back in the lineup Wednesday against Chicago. He returned from his knee injury last week, but was sat out of Sunday’s game as a precaution.
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