Blue Jackets Forwards Cole Sillinger And Alex Nylander Combining To Form Dynamic Duo

By Coby Maeir on March 8, 2024 at 10:15 am
Columbus Blue Jackets center Cole Sillinger (4) celebrates with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Alexander Nylander (92) after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center.
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Since acquiring Alex Nylander from the Penguins on Feb. 22, the Blue Jackets are 4-3-0 thanks to his play and the dynamic duo he's formed with Cole Sillinger. 

In the last seven games, the pair has combined to post 8-4--12 including the second goal of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Oilers where Sillinger made a great play below the goal line before sending a perfect feed to a wide-open Nylander at the doorstep. 

Cole Sillinger and Alex Nylander at 5v5 this season (Via
TOI Shot Attempts For/Against Shots on Goal For/Against Scoring Chances For/Against High-Danger Chances For/Against Goals For/Against Expected Goals For/Against
81:49 108/82 52/44 48/37 17/14 7/4 5.16/3.36

Sillinger has shown major improvement this season, posting 11-14--25 in 58 games this season after scoring 3-8--11 in 64 contests in 2022-23. He's a crucial part of the Blue Jackets' rebuild so it's extremely promising to see him bounce back this season. 

For Nylander, is this just a flash in the pan? Or can he sustain this level of play? Not that he'll be a point-per-game player, but if he's even a half-point-per-game player, that's a huge win for the Blue Jackets. 

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