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The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Monday night that forward Josh Anderson underwent successful surgery to repair a posterior labral tear of his left shoulder on Monday and is expected to miss 4-6 months, meaning he will not be fully healed until just before training camp next season.
INJURY UPDATE: #CBJ right wing Josh Anderson underwent successful surgery to repair a posterior labral tear of his left shoulder today. He is expected to make a full recover in four to six months.https://t.co/FsTNMV0s5z
— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) March 3, 2020
The 25-year-old forward has not played since December 14 against the Ottawa Senators and the Blue Jackets said that he had a shoulder injury. Anderson posted a goal, four points, and a -8 rating in 26 games this season.
Since going 19-2-5 and leading the league with an .827 save percentage from December 8-February 7, the Blue Jackets have gone 2-5-5 in their last 12 games and their .375 points percentage in that span is the fourth-worst in the NHL.
Losing Anderson, who’s 27 goals last season were tied with center Pierre-Luc Dubois for third on the team and 47 points were fourth, has been a big blow to the Blue Jackets, who’s average of 2.61 goals-per-game this season is the fifth-lowest in the NHL. In addition, their 16.9% power-play efficiency is the sixth-worst. Anderson averaged 1:22 per game on the power-play last season and finished with four power-play points (all assists).
As of February 28, the Blue Jackets’ 380 man-games lead the NHL this season. Among the many key injuries they have had to battle through this season, defenseman Seth Jones has been out since February 8 (sprain and hairline fracture of his ankle) and was expected to miss 8-10 weeks, goaltender Joonas Korpisalo missed nearly two months due to a knee injury, and forward Cam Atkinson, who led the Blue Jackets with 41 goals last season, has also missed 23 games this year.
Despite the injuries and losing their leading goal scorer in forward Artemi Panarin and starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in unrestricted free agency last July, the Blue Jackets are only two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for third in the Metropolitan Division and three points up on the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Their 78 points are tied with the New York Islanders for the first wild-card spot, though the Islanders have three games in hand on them.
The Blue Jackets begin a three-game Western Canadian road swing at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
By Harrison Brown