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Top Jackets center out 2-3 weeks @NHL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed top-line center Derick Brassard on injured reserve and he's expected to miss two or three weeks with an injured hand.

General manager Scott Howson announced the move on Thursday.

Brassard was injured early in the first period of Wednesday's night's 4-3 shootout loss at home against the Los Angeles Kings.

The 23-year-old Brassard has 14 goals and 25 assists in 57 games this season, setting career highs in goals and points. He is tied for the club lead with five power-play goals, is tied for second in assists and in game-winning goals (three) and is third in both goals and points.

The sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft, Brassard has 34 goals and 68 assists in 184 career NHL games.

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