Columbus’ Werenski suffers season-ending shoulder injury

By NICOLE KRAFT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost Zach Werenski for the remainder of the season with a separated shoulder and a torn labrum, the team announced Friday.

The team also said Nick Blankenburg will be out for six to eight weeks with a fractured ankle.

Werenski awkwardly collided with the boards attempting a base hit on the Flyers’ Travis Konecny ​​late in the first period of Thursday’s game. Blankenburg was injured midway through the third period, but played the rest of the game and scored an empty goal to seal the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

The Columbus defense is also without Adam Boqvist, who broke his foot in an Oct. 25 home loss to Arizona.

The Blue Jackets added defensemen Gavin Bayreuther, Marcus Bjork and David Jiricek to the roster following an emergency recall from the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

Columbus also placed right wing Jakub Voracek and center Sean Kuraly on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 4 and 5, respectively.

The Blue Jackets’ next game is Saturday against the New York Islanders.

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