Laine dished out two assists and had one shot in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit. Laine took the puck hard to the net midway through the first period and centered to Cam Atkinson for an easy tap-in that got Columbus on the board. Laine also drew a secondary assist on Jack Roslovic's go-ahead goal in the latter stages of the third period. It was the first multi-point game in almost a month for Laine, who has gone 11 straight contests without a goal.
Laine (illness) will make his return Monday against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. Laine's absence was limited to just one game. He's always a threat to score given his superb shooting ability, but Laine has struggled to generate offense in a Blue Jackets uniform, with just 18 points in 41 appearances for Columbus.
Laine (illness) won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Laine has been highly disappointing since joining the Blue Jackets via a trade in late January, totaling just 10 goals and 18 points while posting an ugly minus-26 rating in 41 contests. He'll be reevaluated ahead of Monday's matchup with Nashville.
Laine managed a power-play assist Thursday, but he also skated to a minus-3 rating in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning. The apple was Laine's first point in five games and he seems to be having a great deal of trouble adjusting defensively. Laine was on the ice for all three goals allowed in this latest contest and he's forced eight takeaways compared to 39 giveaways in as many games with the Blue Jackets this season. While Laine is not playing like the elite offensive producer we saw during his tenure with the Jets -- he registered 250 points through 306 games -- it's tough to bench him outright in most fantasy leagues. Be sure to explore all of your options at the forward position before sending him to the virtual pine.
Laine scored two goals in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago. After snapping an eight-game stretch without a point and an unfathomable 14-game goalless drought Saturday, Laine looked a little more like a superstar Monday, going coast to coast on a highlight-reel tally midway through the third period to tie the score at 3-3 and get the Jackets to OT. Even with this outburst, the 22-year-old has only 10 goals and 17 points through 34 games since arriving in Columbus.
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