The Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski is likely out for the rest of the regular season

The Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski is likely out for the rest of the regular season

When an already challenging season was further amplified on Friday Columbus Blue Jackets Proclaimed star defenseman Jack Werensky Expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a separated shoulder and torn labrum.

Werenski played Thursday for the Blue Jackets 5-2 win on Philadelphia Flyers. It was only the Blue Jackets’ fourth win of the season, but it snapped a five-game losing streak. Werenski suffered what was classified as an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.

Werenski, 25, had three goals and eight points in 13 games.

Werenski is in the early stages of his most productive campaign, having 48 points in 68 games last season. He was projected to finish the season with a career-high 50 points. He ranks second on the Blue Jackets in points, while his 23 minutes, 25 seconds of average ice time led the team. Losing Werenski means the Blue Jackets will be without one of their primary power-play facilitators Werenski was second on the team in power-play ice time and fourth among defensemen in penalty-kill minutes.

Werenski, however, isn’t the only player the Jackets will be without for an extended period of time. They are also defensemen Nick Blankenbergthe center Sean Curally and winger Jakub Voracek Transferred to injured reserve.

The Blue Jackets, who were last in the Metropolitan Division, entered Friday with a 4-9 record and eight points, which St. Louis Blues For the lowest point total in the NHL.

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