An already difficult season was amplified additional on Friday when the Columbus Blue Jackets introduced that defender Zach Werenski is anticipated to overlook the rest of the common season with a cut up shoulder and a cut up lip.
Werenski performed Thursday within the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was solely the Blue Jackets’ fourth win of the season, however it was a consequence that broke a five-game shedding streak. Werenski suffered what was categorised as an higher physique harm within the first interval and didn’t return.
Werenski, 25, has scored three objectives and eight factors in 13 video games.
Werenski, who had 48 factors from 68 video games final season, was within the early levels of what may have been his best marketing campaign. He was projected to complete this season with what would have been a career-high 50 factors. He is tied for second within the Blue Jackets on factors, whereas his 23 minutes and 25 seconds on common ice time led the group. Dropping Werenski additionally means the Blue Jackets will probably be with out considered one of their key energy play enablers. Werenski was second on the group in power-play time on ice and fourth amongst defenders in penalty minutes.
Werenski, nevertheless, shouldn’t be the one participant the Jackets will probably be with out for an prolonged interval. In addition they stated defender Nick Blankenburg, middle Sean Kuraly and ahead Jakub Voracek have been transferred to injured reserve.
The Blue Jackets, who’re backside of the Metropolitan Division, entered Friday with a 4-9, eight-point file, which is tied with the St. Louis Blues for the bottom factors whole within the NHL.