COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Blue Jackets’ center Boone Jenner will miss the rest of the season with a broken finger, head coach John Tortorella first told 97.1 The Fan on Wednesday. CBJ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed the news in a press release.
Jenner suffered the injury in the third period of CBJ’s 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Tortorella called the injury a ‘huge blow’ on 97.1 The Fan. The CBJ are 15-18-8 this season and rank 6th in the Discover Central Division.
Jenner has recorded eight goals and nine assists for 17 points with six penalty minutes, while playing in all 41 games for the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the club in faceoff percentage (55.1 pct.), ranks third in blocked shots (53), fourth in goals and is tied for fifth in hits (76). He became the ninth player in club history to skate in 500 career Blue Jackets games on February 2 vs. Dallas.
The 27-year-old has recorded 121-119-240 and 309 penalty minutes in 530 career games with the Blue Jackets since making his NHL debut in 2013-14. The Dorchester, Ontario native was selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.
This is the second major set back for the Blue jackets who also lost Riley Nash for 4-6 weeks as he recovers from a sprained knee.