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The Columbus Blue Jackets And Their Injuries

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded.

That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them.

The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision with a linesman, franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky suffer a fractured finger during practice and defenceman James Wisniewski suffer the exact same injury in a game.

If that was the extent of the issues, a team could cope.

But then you remember that there are serious questions about Nathan Horton even playing this season because of back issues and that Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Mark Letestu and Matt Calvert are also on the shelf.

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More Injuries For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss 1-2 weeks because of a broken finger suffered on Monday. Defenseman James Wisniewski will likely miss 1-2 weeks because of a broken finger suffered tonight. Center Artem Anisimov will miss an undetermined amount of time after he suffered a blow to the head and left the game for good in the second period. Add them to a list of injured Jackets that already includes Boone Jenner (broken hand), Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery), Matt Calvert (upper body), Nathan Horton (back) and Nick Foligno (neck). Ouch.

“Whether I’ve done something or somebody’s done something to the hockey gods…I’ve never seen anything like this. It seems like every time we play a game somebody is getting hurt.” – Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, who said he has never before seen a rash of injuries at any point in his career.

more on the Columbus loss to the Senators last night...

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Sergei Bobrovsky Goes On IR With Fractured Finger

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday and is expected to miss one to two weeks. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has appeared in 187 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, going 99-58-21 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and nine shutouts. The 26-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia went 32-20-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 2013-14.

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Video- Nick Foligno Will Be Fine After His Head Hit A Linesman Along The Boards

Good news...

 

 

Below, watch how the injury occurred.

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Video- Anze Kopitar Has An Upper-Body Injury

Kings say Kopitar has an upper-body injury, not likely to return.

Maybe it was this hit from Tim Erixon that injured him.

 

 

update 7:25pm, Kopitar talked post-game but did not say much.

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Video-It’s Usually the 2nd Guy Who Gets Caught

Jordan Nolan of the Kings will a little poke at Hartnell, Hartnell retaliates with a swing of the stick.

 

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Videos- Cam Atkinson Relieved He Can See After Taking A Skate To The Face

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson has a nasty slice running across his right eyelid and down his cheek, yet he was counting his blessings after a 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Friday in Honda Center.

At 10:34 of the third peirod, Atkinson was inadvertantly kicked in the face by the right skate blade of Ducks center Ryan Kesler, when Kesler's leg kicked up behind him as he reached ahead of him for the puck.

Atkinson dropped to the ice, and a small pool of flood formed before Blue Jackets' trainer Mike Vogt could reach with with a towel. He walked quickly to the dressing room under his own power and was immediately seen by Ducks medical personel.

About 30 minutes after the game, Atkinson emerged from the trainer's room with two loose bandages and a bag of ice over his right eye.

"I can see," Atkinson said. "Thank God I can see.

"It went right across my eyelid. If it goes through my eyelid ... "

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Videos below of the incident...

added 2:21pm, Atkinson tweeted a selfie, pic is below the videos...

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Nathan Horton Health Update Not Good

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets aren’t ready to move on without injured right wing Nathan Horton yet.

But optimism is fading that Horton will be able to play this season, and there’s growing concern that the 29-year-old’s career might be finished.

Horton, who signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2013, has been diagnosed with “degeneration” of the entire lumbar region of his spine, or the lower back, sources told The Dispatch.

Surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out, but it is viewed as a last resort, sources said. It’s a delicate procedure, with no guarantee of relief.

“Nathan is a frustrated kid right now,” said his agent, Paul Krepelka. “This is normally a really easygoing guy, a happy guy, but he’s just so frustrated by all of this. 

“He signed with Columbus to make an impact, to play a big role on a team that’s on the rise. He was so excited about doing it. The fact that he hasn’t been able to make any meaningful contributions is just extremely frustrating to him.”

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Videos- Paul Stastny And Curtis McElhinney Injured On Saturday

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.

“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”

 

Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition. 

Watch how the injury happened below...

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The Latest On The Blue Jackets Financial Issue

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The city- and county-financed agency that bought Nationwide Arena has not made a single payment on the loans that paid for the purchase.

But public officials said yesterday that under the terms of the purchase deal, there is no risk of default.

The executive director of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority confirmed to The Dispatch that the agency has not made $240,000 in loan payments. That’s because the share of casino tax revenue that the city and county pledged toward the purchase and operation of the arena has come in grossly lower than what was predicted when the pact was signed in spring 2012.

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