Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno is expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained Sunday.
Foligno left a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena late in the second period and did not return after playing one shift in the third. Forward Cam Atkinson said after the game it appeared Penguins forward Conor Sheary's skate made contact with Foligno.
"It looked like the skate went right through his sock," Atkinson told The Athletic. "It didn't cut him, but I'm not sure what the result is with that. Hopefully not too bad, but that's the way it is right now."
Video: How the Blue Jackets can move forward without Foligno
Foligno has 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 59 games for the Blue Jackets (29-25-5, 63 points), who have lost three straight games (0-2-1) and are one point behind the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Columbus plays the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O, NHL.TV).
"The thing that bothered me is I think he's finding his game," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "He's beginning to score. He's around the puck. He's been a really good player for us on the power play in the middle on our set up. We'll miss him there on the ice absolutely because he's found his game. As far as in the room we have a leadership group and it falls on them.
Blue Jackets defenseman Dean Kukan will miss at least one week with an upper-body injury sustained Sunday. Forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Ryan Murray were recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League. Murray, chosen by Columbus with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, missed 34 games with an upper-body injury sustained in a 3-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 27.