Panarin dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia. Just another day at the office for Panarin, who has 31 points through 27 games this season. While he's on pace to eclipse last season's career-high 82 points by 12, the talented Russian's also in line for a career-low 21 goals.
Panarin scored a goal and two assists in Monday's 7-5 win over the Red Wings. He ended a 12-game goalless slump late in the first period on the power play, ripping a puck past Jimmy Howard from the top of the circle, but Panarin has remained productive even when not lighting the lamp and now has six goals and 26 points in 23 games. Given the strong chemistry he's showing with Pierre-Luc Dubois on the Jackets' top line, don't be surprised if Panarin goes on a goal-scoring tear now that he's got the drought off his back.
Panarin had three assists Saturday in a 4-1 victory over over Carolina. Panarin has 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 19 games, but his goal drought now stands at eight games. And the reality is that he has only tickled the twine in one game (two goals) in his last 14 games. Elite playmakers will always be valuable, but he'd be a fantasy stud if he could fire off a few more goals.
Panarin returned to practice Friday after having sat out Thursday's matchup with Florida due to illness, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Panarin's ability to get on the ice for practice, combined with the fact the Jackets returned Zac Dalpe to the minors, likely means the winger is healthy enough to play against the Hurricanes on Saturday. The Russian has struggled to find the back of the net, as he is currently stuck in an eight-game goalless streak -- despite averaging 3:10 of ice time with the man advantage during that stretch.
Panarin (illness) is not expected to play Thursday evening against the Panthers. The Blue Jackets called up Zac Dalpe from AHL Cleveland knowing they'll be without their stud winger. Panarin missed practice Wednesday as the first sign that he is under the weather.
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