A couple of important names may be getting close to rejoining the Blue Jackets' lineup.
Defenseman Ryan Murray and forward Sonny Milano were full participants in practice Monday. Both will travel with the team on its two-game road trip to New York (facing the Islanders) and Toronto (facing the Maple Leafs). According to reports, Milano is still not ready to return but Murray has indicated that he may be ready to play.
Ryan Murray and Sonny Milano will make the trip with #CBJ
Milano's not ready to return to the lineup yet, but said he's getting close.
Murray doesn't know when/if he'll play next, but feels good.
— Brian Hedger (@JacketsInsider) February 12, 2018
Murray last played Nov. 27 against the Montreal Canadiens. In 24 games this season, he has one goal (scored on opening night) and four assists. Most importantly, he has one of the best shot differential percentages of all defenseman on the team.
Milano last played Jan. 8 against the Maple Leafs when he absorbed a hard hit from Andreas Borgman, resulting in a torn oblique. In 35 games this season, Milano has eight goals and five assists for a total of 13 points.