If the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to win their first playoff series in franchise history, they’re going to have to do it without Nathan Horton.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Friday that Horton will be out for six weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery suffered a little over a week ago, and re-aggravated it against Phoenix earlier this week. In 36 games this season, Horton, who is in his first year of a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with Columbus, scored five goals and 19 points. He missed the first 40 games of the year recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
The Blue Jackets are heading the wrong way health wise heading into the playoffs. Horton joins R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno on the shelf for a team making just their second postseason appearance in franchise history. The team is expecting Umberger and Foligno back in time for the playoffs next week.
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