Jones is expected to sit for Sunday's game in Toronto, Paul Hendrick of NHL TV reports. The blueliner has had his best scoring season, notching 42 points in 75 games, a huge improvement on his previous best 27 in 2014-15. With the playoffs coming up, Jones is one of many players getting a breather Sunday.
Jones netted his 12th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Flyers. It came on the power play. Remarkably, it's his first power-play goal of the season. Jones was expected to see reduced ice time, but he still skated 23:21 on the day. Unfortunately, the Jackets are skidding into the postseason on a six-game losing streak and Jones' plus-minus has dropped nine points in those six games. The team plays Toronto on Sunday, so Jones may still see some rest to prep for the playoffs.
Jones might have his ice time reduced over the final two games of the regular season, Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch reports. The Blue Jackets' depth on the blue line has been tested down the stretch with both Zach Werenski (shoulder) and Ryan Murray (hand) sidelined, and now that their first-round playoff matchup is set in stone, coach John Tortorella may want to give his key defensemen a bit of a break prior to their postseason showdown with the Penguins. Jones has played a whopping 23:24 per game this season to lead the team, but Torts will have to balance trying to give his best rearguard some rest with getting him enough minutes to become comfortable on a new pairing with Markus Nutivaara.
Jones collected two assists, three shots on net, two blocked shots, four PIM and a plus-2 rating during Monday's win over Philadelphia. Monday's outing was a perfect representation of the cross-category profile Jones brings to the table. He's up to 39 points, 124 shots, 101 blocked shots and a plus-15 rating for the campaign while averaging over 23 minutes of ice time per game. Jones is never going to pile on the PIM or hits, but he moves the needle enough in all the other fantasy categories to be a solid asset. He's also worth a look in daily contests when Columbus faces an inferior opponent.
Jones picked up two assists with a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Predators. The 22-year-old blueliner is red hot at the moment, racking up six points (all assists) in his last four games with a plus-5 rating, six shots on net and eight blocked shots. The Blue Jackets are headed into their midseason bye, but Jones -- who's already set career highs this season in goals (10) and points (34) -- is more likely to be recharged by the time off than cool down.
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