Somewhere Matt Duchene is cringing.
Lost in the lowliness of the Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a Capitals player likely authored the team’s best hit of the season. And once again, Dmitry Orlov sent a fellow NHL player careening head-over-heels into outer space.
Orlov nailed Josh Anderson with a brutal hip check late in the third period. As the 23-year-old forward tried an inside-outside move on the Russian defenseman, Orlov stuck his hip into Anderson’s right knee and flipped him into the air.
Anderson is 6’3″ and 221 pounds. Orlov sent him into the air like he was weightless.
The Blue Jackets forward was able to get up and skate to the bench, but immediately went down the tunnel.
Anderson will miss some time.
Tuesday night, the Blue Jackets announced that the young star suffered a knee sprain and will miss approximately four weeks of time. That would put Anderson’s return right around the final two weeks of the season, which is a devastating blow to the Blue Jackets who are fighting for playoff position in a crammed Metropolitan Division.
INJURY REPORT: #CBJ LW Josh Anderson is expected to miss approximately four weeks due to a knee sprain suffered last night vs. Washington.
— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) February 28, 2018
Anderson has been a top point producer for the Blue Jackets this season, tallying 18 goals (tied with Artemi Panarin for the team lead) and 11 assists. With the team already missing captain Nick Foligno, who is on injured reserved with a lower-body injury, the Blue Jackets will need other players to step up to keep their team in the playoff race.
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