Todd Cordell: Columbus Blue Jackets: On Dubinsky, Jenner, Four Straight Wins & More


Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell On Dubinsky

After missing the first 26 games of the year due to injury, Brandon Dubinsky’s return to the lineup was a huge success.

Dubinsky played almost 20 minutes – including over two on both the power play and penalty kill – and added an assist in the game. He also fared OK in possession, especially when you consider a good chunk of his ice was defending the lead, playing primarily against Claude Giroux’s line and Braydon Coburn’s defense pairing.

Having Dubinsky back will allow Todd Richards to deploy him for the team’s toughest minutes, which should free up Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen on the top line. On Jenner

When Dubinsky was out of the lineup Jenner was kind of the guy Todd Richards pinned his minutes on, and Jenner handled them fairly well.

That said, he’s really starting to heat up offensively, and with Dubinsky back in the fold he should continue to produce at a high-rate.

In Jenner’s last four games he has four goals (a goal in each game) and 12 shots (three per game) while averaging about 20 minutes per game.

He’s really starting to develop into a very, very good 200-foot player and, as mentioned, with Dubinsky back eating some tough minutes it should free up Jenner to continue producing offensively. On Bobrovsky

He wasn’t tested a ton against the Flyers, but he was good when called upon.

After stopping 19-21 in the OT win, he’s now posted a .948SV% over his last four starts (all wins) and has allowed just seven goals in that span.

He started the year slowly due to injuries to the team as well as himself, but he’s really started to come on of late. If he continues playing like this he’s going to get a huge contract from Jarmo Kekalainen and co. On Winning

For the first time this season the Jackets have put together a winning streak longer than two, and as such they’re slowly starting to climb up the standings.

They still have a long ways to go, as they remain eight points out of a playoff spot, but the way they’ve been playing of late is encouraging, and they’re finally healthy enough to compete with some of the better teams in the league.

Speaking of which, they’re going to have to as their next five games include two against Washington, one against Pittsburgh, one against Detroit and one against Chicago. There is nothing remotely close to a gimme in there so they’re going to have to be on their game.

If they can go 2-2-1 or 3-2-0 and just survive that stretch it’ll be huge for them. It would be terrible to see them struggle through those games as a really bad run would all but end their season. Recent posts Oilers asked about Johansen Milano, Collins invited to USA’s WJ selection camp Hotstove: biggest disappointment? Hotstove: biggest surprise this season? Are Sergei Bobrovsky’s contract demands unreasonable?