Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno will miss one to two weeks of action, the team announced Monday.
The 30-year-old sustained a lower body injury on Sunday as his club faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left the game in the second period and played one shift in the final frame before leaving for good.
There was little information as to what exactly happened, but Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson said it had to do with contact with Conor Sheary’s skate.
“It looked like the skate went right through his sock,” Atkinson said. “It didn’t cut him, but I’m not sure what the result is with that. Hopefully not too bad, but that’s the way it is right now.”
Foligno has 26 points in 59 games with Columbus this season, including three goals in his last five games.
The Blue Jackets are currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Penguins on Sunday, which settled them into a 29-25-5 record. That puts them a point behind the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders and four points ahead of the New York Rangers.
The Blue Jackets have lost three straight.
But they should be able to weather this storm, so to speak, and Foligno’s injury doesn’t seem overly serious.
Still, there are more than a few reasons for reservation if you’re a Blue Jackets fan
The club didn’t look strong against the Penguins and didn’t seem to put up much of a fight. Losing Foligno is part of the equation, but there was something perhaps more profound at work. In the minds of many observers, Columbus is losing steam at exactly the wrong time.
Add the Foligno injury to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for missing the playoffs.
The Blue Jackets are 4-9-2 in their past 15 games and have games against New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose on the docket. Every game counts at this point, but wins won’t be easy to come by for the struggling Columbus squad.