Del Zotto scored a goal on his only shot and added two hits in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Florida. Del Zotto got the Blue Jackets on the board less than six minutes into the second period, jumping into a rush and beating Sergei Bobrovsky with a backhander to cut Florida's lead to 2-1. It was the second goal of the year for Del Zotto and his first since Feb. 11, halting a 10-game point drought in the process. The veteran defenseman has seven points and a solid plus-8 rating in 26 games this season.
Del Zotto (lower body) will play in Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. Del Zotto is back in the lineup after missing just one game. The 30-year-old has been a consistent player on Columbus' blue line this year, averaging 16:58 of ice time and producing six points, 37 shots on net and 45 hits over 19 games.
Del Zotto is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. The Blue Jackets haven't released a target date for Del Zotto's return, but he'll miss Tuesday's clash with Chicago at a minimum. He's picked up six points through 19 games this campaign.
Del Zotto picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-5 win over Chicago. He also racked up six hits and five shots. Del Zotto registered both of his points during the game's final three minutes, erasing Columbus' 5-4 deficit while putting an end to his eight-game point drought in the process. Del Zotto jumped on a rebound off the crossbar and hammered a shot from the left faceoff dot to tie the game with 2:41 remaining, then set up Kevin Stenlund's game-winner 87 seconds later. He also tied for the team lead in shots and finished second in hits.
Del Zotto signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Sunday. Del Zotto scored an official contract after joining the Blue Jackets on a PTO in December. The 30-year-old blueliner averaged 18:43 of ice time over 49 games with the Ducks last season, recording 15 goals, 101 hits and 55 blocked shots. Del Zotto will add veteran depth on the blue line and likely will play sparingly this season.
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