Hartnell will likely rest during Sunday's game in Toronto, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. The forward has notched a point in his last two games, bringing his season total to 24. With the playoffs upcoming, Hartnell will get a breather to be up to full strength for the first round.
Hartnell will return to the lineup Thursday against the Capitals, Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Hartnell, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday, is slated to draw back into the lineup, with Oliver Bjorkstrand unavailable Thursday. The veteran forward has been held without a point in his last four games, but his overall numbers make him interesting in deeper fantasy formats. Through 69 contests, he's logged 13 goals, 34 points, 59 PIM and a plus-14 rating.
Hartnell didn't participate in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Hartnell hasn't tallied a single point over his last four games and has recorded a minus-1 rating over that span, so coach John Tortorella will hope Wednesday's scratch will light a fire under the veteran winger. Hartnell's next opportunity to slot back into the lineup will come Thursday against Washington.
Hartnell is a candidate to be a healthy scratch Wednesday against Toronto, the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. Those considering Hartnell -- who hasn't recorded a point over his last four games -- in daily lineups will thus want to verify his playing status in advance of Wednesday's 7:00 ET faceoff.
Hartnell (lower body) will return to the Blue Jackets' lineup for Sunday's game against Nashville, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Hartnell has put up respectable numbers this season, notching 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 55 games, making him a solid depth option in most fantasy formats. The 34-year-old winger will return to a bottom-six role against the Predators, but should also see time on the man advantage as a member of the Blue Jackets' second power-play unit.
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