Saturday, December 9

Blue Jackets’ Patrik Laine dealing with new injury challenge

Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine had an oblique injury that cost him two months earlier this year, and now has an apparent wrist injury.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — There is never a good time for injuries during an NHL season, but there are varying degrees of bad timing. 

Nobody knows that more than Patrik Laine, now dealing with an apparent wrist injury after returning to top form for the Blue Jackets following a two-month absence with a strained oblique. His availability Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres was in question before the Jackets’ morning skate at KeyBank Center and still hadn’t been declared  playing or not — by mid-afternoon.  

The high-scoring forward participated fully in the skate, suggesting he’d likely play, but the bigger issue is that he’s again dealing with something significant enough to cause an early departure from practice Wednesday and prompt the Blue Jackets to recall forward Carson Meyer on an emergency basis. 

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