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Wennberg doubtful for Blue Jackets against Capitals in Game 2

Columbus forward has upper-body injury; Washington could be without defenseman Kempny @NHLdotcom

Alexander Wennberg likely will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round for the Columbus Blue Jackets, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday. 

The center sustained an upper-body injury during Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.


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"I haven't really gotten an update since last night," Kekalainen said Friday. "I talked to (head athletic trainer) Mike Vogt this morning, but he had not spoken with Wennberg this morning yet when I spoke to him, but he'll be doubtful for Sunday."

Wennberg left at 1:18 of the third period after he was hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson, who received a minor penalty for charging. Columbus won 4-3 in overtime.

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is at Capital One Arena on Sunday (7:30 p.m.ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSWA, FS-O).

Wennberg had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 66 regular-season games. The 23-year-old most likely would be replaced by left wing Sonny Milano, who had 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in 55 games, or left wingMarkus Hannikainen, who had six points (three goals, three assists) in 33 games. Each was a healthy scratch for Game 1.

Forward Lukas Sedlak, who last played March 22, when he was struck behind the ear by a puck against the Florida Panthers, remains out but is progressing, Kekalainen said. Columbus did not practice Friday.

Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny could miss the game. He sustained an upper-body injury on a boarding hit from Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in the first period.

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