Cannon Blasts: Everybody Loves Zach Werenski

Happy Monday, and welcome to Cannon Blasts! Here you'll find a quick collection of links from around the Blue Jackets, hockey and sports worlds. What better way to start your day?

Columbus might be peaking at just the right time, in just the right way, as we hit the home stretch of the 2016-17 regular season. And yes, I am aware that the Jackets gave up a 3-0 lead to Buffalo on Saturday, but still - this team is playing really good stick puck.

Since February, the Blue Jackets are 10-5-2. That includes maybe one of the best stretches we've ever seen from Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes, Cam Atkinson joining the 30-goal club and Zach Werenski continuing to break rookie records.

The popular chant form CBJ-haters early in the year, around the winning streak, was how unsustainable the success was. And while, to an extent, the haters were correct (things such as the much debated "fancy-stats" and the 16-game win streaks have come and gone), the play of key players (i.e. the three mentioned above) has been consistent - Werenski was a key player in October and that hasn't changed. Bob looked like he could contend for another Vezina in the first couple of month and that hasn't changed.

Happy Monday, here are your Blue Jackets news and notes to begin your week.

Columbus Blue Jackets News

Cleveland Monsters News

National Hockey League News

Sports News

  • THIS. IS. MARCH. And, by my count, four Ohio teams are in the fold. (Five if you include Northern Kentucky, who's in the metro-Cincy area. But, I'm not an Ohioan and I don't know if that counts, honestly.) It's okay Buckeye fans, my alma mater didn't make the cut either.
  • Okay, so I'm a bit of a homer but I promise there's a reason I'm including this story (other than the fact that, you know, I can) - Atlanta United obliterated Minnesota United 6-1. Yes, S I X goals were scored in a soccer game. That is a lot. There's also a lot of other cool nuggets about the game, but I won't bore you with it here. Ask me personally for them and I'll be happy to divulge.
  • Team USA took Canada behind the woodshed last night to clinch their ticket to the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego with an 8-0 thumping over our neighbors to the north./

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