Jackets 4, Wild 2

Another night without half the regular lineup, another impressive victory by the Jackets. Nikita Filatov made the most of his recall from Syracuse, scoring his first NHL hat trick. Steve Mason was solid in net once again. Nights like this make me believe that this is in fact a playoff hockey team — then there are the other nights, that dash those hopes. But for now, I’m just going to savor the victory.

Jackets also made a minor trade today, shipping Adam Pineault to Chicago for Mike Blunden. I always hoped Pineault would become an NHL player, because he seemed like he had some decent tools, but he just wasn’t lighting the world on fire. And yet another draft pick of the Doug era gets his walking papers…

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