James Wisniewski has been playing through a lower-body injury since blocking a shot against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. He soldiered through Monday’s 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, but will be a game-time decision when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Head coach Todd Richards gave a brief update on the defenseman’s condition to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch: “The question will be how it responds to him playing. Just like Monday, it’s going to be a game-time decision on Thursday.”
After a rough start to his career as a Blue Jacket, Wisniewski has been outstanding as an offensive force from the blue line all season long. He has 34 points through 49 games played—good for 12th among all NHL defenseman in that department—and is carrying a minus-one despite the reputation has a bit of a gunslinger.
Columbus has rode breakout seasons from various players to playoff contention, and they could be one of the last teams standing in the free for all that is the Metropolitan Division. They’ve been one of the better teams in the NHL over the last five or six weeks, and are looking to continue that solid streak of play in a tough back-to-back set.
They’ll head to San Jose to take on the Sharks tomorrow night after taking on the struggling Kings this evening. That’s as good a test as any, and the Blue Jackets already downed the Ducks on their California road trip.
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