Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski left Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders after a collision with Anders Lee near the Columbus crease.
The Islanders forward’s backside appeared to make significant contact with Werenski’s left shoulder and head and was shown favoring his shoulder afterward.
The 22-year-old blueliner briefly went to the ice before skating off under his own power to the Blue Jackets locker room.
The team confirmed Werenski sustained an upper-body injury on the play and announced he would not return during the first intermission.
Werenski is one of Columbus’ top skaters and logs significant minutes for the team each night (23:33 minutes-per-game). A significant injury to the Grosse Pointe, Mich. native would only further wound the Blue Jackets’ playoff chances. Prior to Saturday’s game, Werenski had scored six goals and 10 assists in 25 games.
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