Hartnell scored his 18th of the season in a 2-1 shootout win against Vancouver on Thursday. The goal gives Hartnell two goals and two assists in his past four games, pushing his season total to 17 goals and 35 points. Hartnell's played much better after being criticized for taking dumb penalties and remains on pace for his third-consecutive 20-goal season. He's an all-round player that offers plenty in peripherals, so he's worth owning in fantasy leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
Hartnell returned to the lineup Thursday after being a healthy scratch Tuesday and scored his 16th goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to the Flames. He got a punitive scratch from coach John Tortorella after racking up some untimely penalties, but Hartnell played a more controlled game Thursday and stayed out of the sin bin. He now has 32 points and 81 PIM in 46 games to go along with a minus-two rating that's actually fairly respectable on the last-place Blue Jackets.
Hartnell saw his three-game points streak come to an end Friday night against the Hurricanes. With only 81 shots in 41 games, Hartnell simply needs to shoot the puck more often. The 33-year-old does have 15 goals on the season but it's going to be really tough for him to sustain the shooting percentage of 18.5 that he's currently working with -- in fact, that's two and a half percentage points higher than he's ever had in his career.
Hartnell scored his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday's win over the Stars. Hartnell also grabbed a minor penalty, giving him 23 penalty minutes in his last three games. That's an unexpected boon if your league scores penalty minutes. His 71 minutes on the year are seventh most in the league, putting him on pace for a career year in penalty minutes at age 33.
Hartnell picked up two assists in Thursday's wild 7-5 win over the Coyotes. Hartnell's been skating on a line with young center Alex Wennberg and big offseason acquisition Brandon Saad and the trio have clicked, with Hartnell recording nine points (four goals, five assists) over the last seven games.
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