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James Wisniewski returns for Columbus

Mar 28, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have been hot lately, although a run of road games present a serious challenge. Getting expensive blueliner James Wisniewski back could help matters.

The 29-year-old defenseman has been sidelined since Feb. 24 with a broken foot. He has nine points in the 15 games he’s played so far in 2013.

While the team’s 12-game point streak was impressive, only one of those contests took place outside of Columbus. They’ve lost the first two games of a four-game road trip (and a run of six away games in their next seven contests), pushing their overall away record to 3-9-2.

We’ll get a better sense of this team’s legitimacy soon enough, although the end of the season might pose the biggest test if they hang in there: they face a six-game road trip from April 13-25 before finishing 2013 at home.

First up: a match against the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday night.

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