A few minutes ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets suffered their ninth straight loss, this time at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. To add insult to injury, after Ryan Poehling of the Flyers scored a short-handed goal in the second period, the Blue Jackets announced that defenseman Damon Severson would not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.
At this point, there has been no update on the severity of Severson’s injury, but more information should be made public before the team’s upcoming game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. On the night, Severson played in just under 10 minutes of the game and held a -1 rating due to the shorthanded goal.
Over the course of the season up to this point, Severson had played in 18 games for Columbus before tonight’s game, scoring three goals and five assists in total. In an effort to bolster the Blue Jackets defensive core, Severson was acquired as part of a sign-and-trade early in the offseason with the New Jersey Devils.
After doubling down on their core this past offseason, Columbus once again finds themselves in a precarious situation, sitting with a 4-11-4 record entering into Thanksgiving week. Not only do the Blue Jackets have the worst record in the Metropolitan Division, they hold the worst record in the Eastern Conference by a margin of three points.