Stanley Cup Playoffs

Injuries to key scorers thin out lines for Blue Jackets

The winter has been cruel to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets.

Three of the team's top forwards and a defenseman went down in December, followed by another key forward this month. Coach John Tortorella has moved players around and patched together lines with help from the team's AHL affiliate in Cleveland. The lack of depth has been evident.

Without last year's top scorer, Cam Atkinson, and centers Brandon Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg, the Blue Jackets limped to a 6-7-2 record in December. Rookie winger Sonny Milano was hurt in the win over Toronto on Jan. 8.

Even with Wennberg back in the lineup, the Blue Jackets lost back-to-back games to two of the...

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