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Wisniewski out 4-6 weeks with broken foot

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- When it rains, it pours. And right now, the Blue Jackets could use a poncho.

After losing Jack Johnson, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to injuries in the games prior, the Blue Jackets saw another key member of their lineup sidelined today. The club placed James Wisniewski on injured reserve two days after blocking a shot against the Blackhawks that resulted in a broken bone in his foot, and he's expected to miss 4-6 weeks as a result of the injury.

Cody Goloubef was recalled from the Springfield Falcons to help fill in on the blue line, and the possibility of another call-up looms. The Blue Jackets currently have six healthy defensemen on the roster and the heavy minutes left by Wisniewski's absence were spread out among the group last night.

As crazy as it sounds, Wisniewski was injured in the first period of Sunday's game in Chicago and managed to stay in the game. He played 26:55 in the 1-0 loss and saw a lot of time on the power play. Wisniewski has three goals and six assists in 15 games this season, and leads Columbus with three power play goals, ranks third in ice time (23:32/game) and is fifth on the club in points. He had picked up a point in eight of his last nine games prior to suffering the injury.

Columbus center Derick Brassard suffered an upper body injury in last night's 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas, and there was no immediate update available on his status.

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