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Laine will miss 3-4 weeks for the Blue Jackets with a sprained ankle

Laine will miss 3-4 weeks for the Blue Jackets with a sprained ankle

Patrick Laine is expected to miss 3-4 weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a sprained ankle.

The forward was injured during a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. He played 22:29 and was on the ice when the Islanders went ahead Zach Parise scored 39 seconds into overtime.

Laine has four points (two goals, two assists) in eight games. He missed six games earlier this season after suffering a sprained right elbow against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 12 that was expected to keep him out 3-4 weeks.

“It’s a tough situation, adversity will pass,” he said Boone Jenner, who is the captain of the Blue Jackets and Laine’s linemate. “Obviously it’s very unfortunate for him that he’s just come back from injury, and it happens again. You can’t plan for it.

“It’s a shame, but it’s time for us to get even closer as a group. It’s an opportunity for some guys to step up, and everyone has to play better in his absence.”

The Blue Jackets are also missing their best defensive pairing Zach Werenskiwho is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum, and Nick Blankenburg, who is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle and high ankle sprain. All were injured during a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 10.

Come in Jakub Voracek is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury he suffered on Nov. 4. Columbus coach Brad Larsen said it’s “not even in the discussion right now.”

Come in Sean Kuraly, who has been day-to-day with an upper-body injury, practiced Monday and could play when the Blue Jackets (4-9-1) open a six-game season against the Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET ). ; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW). defender Erik Gudbransonwho missed the loss to the Islanders with an upper-body injury, also practiced Monday and was also able to play.

“It’s hockey, and it seems to be coming in waves with us right now with some key guys,” Larsen said. “But what do you do? You just have to go play.”

NHL.com freelance correspondent Craig Merz contributed to this report





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