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Blue Jackets host Kings without rookie Brassard

Los Angeles (13-14-6) at Columbus (14-15-4), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Still searching for their first

postseason appearance, the Columbus Blue Jackets' chances have

taken a serious hit.

The Blue Jackets have lost rookie center Derick Brassard for the

remainder of the season. They'll begin the journey without

Brassard on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Columbus announced Monday that Brassard will undergo surgery on

his dislocated right shoulder. The surgery will be performed in

early January.

Brassard suffered the injury during a first-period fight with

the Dallas Stars' James Neal during Thursday's 6-5 loss.

One of the top candidates to take the Calder Trophy before the

injury, the 21-year-old Brassard has 10 goals and 15 assists in

31 games and leads all NHL rookies in scoring.

The Blue Jackets certainly missed Brassard on Saturday when the

club suffered a 2-0 setback to the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Kings are hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss. Los

Angeles squandered a late lead during Saturday's 6-4 loss to the

Detroit Red Wings, allowing three goals in the final four

minutes of the contest.



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