Key #3: Alexander Wennberg Playing his Game
The top line for the Columbus Blue Jackets is humming along just fine. Pierre-Luc Dubois isn’t playing at an exceptional level but he is playing just fine for a second year pro. Cam could use a few more chances but is taking advantages of those chances he gets and Artemi Panarin is tearing it up yet again.
But this team is really dangerous when Alexander Wennberg and the second line is rolling. As much as it makes Jackets fans furious, Wennberg isn’t going to shoot the puck four times a game. That isn’t what makes him a great second line center. Stop screaming for him to shoot the puck so often and let the man make opportunities for the finishers on his wing.
Wennberg’s vision and passing are what make him a deadly playmaker. If he can get back to that game and put Anthony Duclair and Nick Foligno in scoring position, the Jackets will be in good shape to get their fourth win of the season.
Both Foligno and Duclair are off to great starts of the year and this line has formed some good chemistry in the two games they have been placed together. The Jackets had a few more practices this week that certainly couldn’t have hurt the three continuing to mesh together. Wennberg finding these two finishers in scoring position is a big key to the team’s success tonight.