News: Morin, who was placed on IR on Wednesday with what was labeled an upper-body injury, required hospitalization Tuesday night due to an elevated heart rate, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he wasn't sure if Morin would require ongoing testing for his heart, but the club decided it was in the 23-year-old's best interest to rule him out indefinitely. Morin will likely be reassessed by team doctors once he's released from the hospital, after which the Blue Jackets may choose to offer a firmer timetable for his return.
News: Murray (knee) will not play Thursday against the Panthers, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Murray practiced fully with the Blue Jackets a day earlier and was cleared by doctors to travel with the team to South Florida, but it looks like the team will exercise some precaution and give him some additional recovery time. The blueliner has been progressing well lately after remaining in a long-term holding pattern with his recovery from the knee injury, so he could make his long-awaited return over the weekend in Tampa Bay for the final game of the road trip.
News: Connauton (illness) will play Thursday against the Panthers.
Impact: Connauton was absent from Wednesday's practice due to the illness, but the Blue Jackets were never seriously concerned that he'd be forced to sit out Thursday's game. He verified that he was healthy enough by taking part in the Jackets' morning skate, enabling him to reclaim his lineup spot on the second pairing next to James Wisniewski.
News: Anisimov (triceps) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: As anticipated, this confirms that Anisimov will suit up for Thursday's game against the Panthers. The 26-year-old missed 23 games due to the torn triceps and had already sat out another seven earlier in the season with an upper-body injury, limiting his impact thus far for the Blue Jackets. He'll center the club's third line in his return to action.
News: McElhinney will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Impact: McElhinney didn't perform particularly well in his first outing following Sergei Bobrovsky's placement on IR due to a groin injury, stopping just 25 of 28 shots in Tuesday's win over the Capitals. While the win was nice, fantasy owners shouldn't count on stellar numbers from McElhinney during his run as the Jackets' primary netminder. He fared poorly when Bobrovsky missed most of December due to a groin issue, and owns a meager 2.98 GAA and .906 save percentage over 16 outings on the season.
News: Morin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets wasted no time in moving Morin to IR after he likely aggravated a pre-existing upper-body ailment during Tuesday's win over the Capitals. Morin has three points in 17 games with Columbus this season and was likely to notice a diminished role with the impending returns of Artem Anisimov (triceps) and Boone Jenner (back). The team is considering him out indefinitely for now.
News: The Blue Jackets have placed Morin on injured reserve with an upper-body injury that will sideline him indefinitely.
Impact: Morin becomes the seventh Blue Jacket out with an injury, with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, forwards Nathan Horton, Artem Anisimov, Brian Gibbons and Boone Jenner also on injured reserve along with defenseman Ryan Murray. Morin has a goal and two assists and nine penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets this season after being acquired from Chicago in a trade on Dec. 14.
News: Foligno recorded two assists in Tuesday night's win over Washington.
Impact: After serving as Columbus' ambassador over this past weekend's All-Star festivities, Foligno tallied his 13th multi-point game of the season. He is three points away from tying his career-high.