The Columbus Blue Jackets
could be back to the team they were expecting to have when the season began.
Center Jeff Carter
, who has missed the last nine games with a broken bone in his right foot suffered Oct. 15, skated for about 20 minutes with the team today according to the Columbus Dispatch and said his foot felt OK. Carter added the plan now is for him to skate a full practice with the team tomorrow, with a chance he could play in the Jackets' next game, Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks
"I'm usually pretty quick to get back to speed," Carter said. "I have to get a decent practice in before I know how it feels. I'll probably know more (Tuesday)."
Carter and defenseman James Wisniewski
were the club's major offseason acquisitions, but due to suspension -- Wisniewski sat out the first eight games of the season -- and injury, the pair has yet to be on the ice at the same time since the preseason.
The Blue Jackets also could have forward Jared Boll
back in the lineup Thursday. Boll hasn't played since breaking his thumb in a fight in the Jackets' final preseason game.
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