Patrik Laine Placed On IR; Expected To Miss Four To Six Weeks With Oblique Strain

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 5, 2021 at 11:28 am
Oct 14, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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It's a tough start to the weekend.

On Friday morning, the Blue Jackets placed winger Patrik Laine on Injured Reserve with an oblique strain that the winger suffered on Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche. He's expected to miss four to six weeks.

In nine games this season, Laine has tallied 3-7-10. It's a big loss for the Blue Jackets, especially as the chemistry between Laine, Jakub Voracek, and Cole Silligner was really developing. 

The club hasn't made a corresponding roster move yet, but after placing Laine on IR, they're left with 12 forwards. Candidates to be called up from Cleveland include Tyler Angle (0-8-8, 8GP), Liam Foudy (3-2-5, 8 GP), Josh Dunne (2-2-4, 8GP), and Justin Danforth (1-2-3, 4 GP), among others.

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