Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno out 2-4 weeks

Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal was enough for the St. Louis Blues to top the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is expected to miss two to four weeks with a lower-body injury, a major development in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

General manager Jarmko Kekalainen announced a timeline Monday in which Foligno could be out for the rest of the regular season and some of the playoffs. He was hurt during Saturday’s game against St. Louis.

With six games left, Columbus is third in the Metropolitan Division, tied with Philadelphia and three points behind two-time defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets are three points ahead of New Jersey, which is in the final playoff position in the East.

Foligno has 15 goals and 18 assists. Brandon Dubinsky will be counted on to play more minutes. With Foligno out, Columbus recalled centre Alex Broadhurst from Cleveland of the AHL.

The Blue Jackets begin a three-game Western Canadian road trip at Edmonton on Tuesday night.

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