Boone Jenner is expected to be out the rest of the regular season for the Columbus Blue Jackets after the forward had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken finger.
“‘Jens’ is done,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said on 97.1 WBNS-FM. “He’s [out] five or six weeks now, it’s a broken finger. So he’s done, which is a huge blow for us.”
Jenner was injured after being hit in the hand by a shot a from teammate Patrik Laine at 12:32 of the third period of a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
He is expected to need about six weeks to recover; the Blue Jackets are scheduled to play their final regular-season game May 8.
Jenner scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 41 games this season. He has scored 240 points (121 goals, 119 assists) in 530 games with the Blue Jackets.
“He’s invaluable to our team, just what he does, and he plays the hard minutes,” captain Nick Foligno said. “He’s a guy that never complains. You’re almost in awe of him as a teammate, as somebody especially that’s been able to watch him, what he’s able to turn himself into as a player and how important he is on our team. It hurts when you lose a player like that.
“Everybody has to step up, and it’s magnified more by the minutes that he eats. And if it’s me that has to eat more, I’m willing to do that for him, because he’s done the hard minutes for our team. I’m sure other guys would step up and do the same because of how important he is and what he means to us and how much we love him as a teammate and as a person. That’s the best way we can show him how much he means to us, is by all stepping up and pulling on the same rope the way he would and eating some of the hard minutes that he eats.”
Columbus also is without forward Riley Nash, who is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee. Nash, who has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 37 games this season, was injured in the second period of a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Sunday.
Tortorella also said forward Jack Roslovic and defenseman Seth Jones are “a little banged up” and their status for a home game against the Lightning on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSSUN, NHL.TV) would be decided after the morning skate.
Roslovic had a goal and an assist in 15:16 of ice time on Tuesday. Jones had an assist and led Columbus with 22:12 of ice time.
The Blue Jackets (15-18-3) are sixth in the eight-team Discover Central Division, five points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators. The top four teams in the division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.