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Bjorkstrand has ankle surgery, out 8-10 weeks for Blue Jackets

Forward hasn't played since Feb. 20, leads Columbus with 21 goals @NHLdotcom

Oliver Bjorkstrand had ankle surgery Tuesday, and the expected recovery time for the Columbus Blue Jackets forward is 8-10 weeks.

That time frame would have Bjorkstrand out the rest of the regular season and likely the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bjorkstrand sustained a sprain and hairline fracture of his ankle when he fell into the boards during the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 20.

Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with 21 goals, five game-winning goals and 11 multipoint games.

"He's a guy that you can count on in every situation this year," teammate Zach Werenski said Feb. 21. "I think he was really finding a stride this season so that [stinks] to see obviously."

Columbus (32-21-14) is 2-2-1 without him and is tied with the New York Islanders for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets start a three-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-O, NHL.TV).

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