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Jackets lose Horton for Tuesday’s big tilt vs. Avs, ‘and possibly beyond’

Mar 31, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Fighting for their playoff lives, the Columbus Blue Jackets were dealt a big blow today as Nathan Horton was ruled out of Tuesday’s game against Colorado — with no guarantee he’d be back for Thursday’s tilt in Philly:

Horton has four goals and 17 points in 34 games for Columbus this season, often playing on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner. The former Bruin and Panther started brightly in Columbus, scoring 12 points in his first 20 games, but has slowed down lately and is goalless in 24 straight (with just one point in his last six games.)

Desperate to get back into the postseason for the first time since 2009, the Jackets aren’t messing around when it comes to icing the best team available. In addition to parking Horton during an especially crucial time, the club has also made struggling veteran forward R.J. Umberger a healthy scratch on a few occasions.

Columbus heads into Monday’s action holding the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but just one point up on Washington and two on Toronto.

  1. slaugin - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Horton the Magician, pulling his signature disappearing act only to reappear in the playoffs (assuming Blue Jackets can hold on to that spot)

  2. bruinsfan55 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Ah yes, Nathan Horton. Haha I love the guy still but he again like always disappeared in the season and will maybe re-appear if the Jackets make the playoffs.

  3. skeeterbarnes - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Surprise surprise–Horton is injured. Wake me for a real news story.

  4. rushledger - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    That’s why I feel the bruins upgraded his spot by getting Iginla, scores plenty without the laundry list of major injuries, shoulder surgery, multiple concussions etc.

  5. terrier92 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    He won a Game 7 ot game against Habs. Guy will always have a special place in hearts of Bruins fans. Hope he gets well.

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