Foligno (illness) is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Panthers. Foligno missed Monday's game against the Flyers due to an illness, but all signs point to him returning to action Thursday against Florida. If the American winger does return as expected, he'll slot back into his role on the top line and first power-play unit against the Panthers.
Foligno (illness) did not take pregame line rushes and will not suit up for Monday's game in Philadelphia, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. This will be just the third game that Foligno has missed all season, but he'll have plenty of time to get healthy before Columbus' next game Thursday. The Blue Jackets' captain had netted goals in the previous two contests, but notched just five points in the 16 games prior to that. Oliver Bjorkstrand is slated to take Foligno's spot on the first line for Monday's matchup.
Foligno left Monday's morning skate early due to illness and will be a game-time decision for the evening's contest against the Flyers, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Foligno's status will likely be updated again closer to pregame warmups, so owners should keep an eye out for additional news. The illness surfaced at a bad time for the winger, as he enters Monday's tilt on a two-game goal streak. Should he miss the contest, the Blue Jackets may either need to recall another body from the AHL roster for reinforcements or roll with seven defensemen.
Foligno scored a power-play goal during Friday's win over Buffalo. Now up to 23 goals and 46 points through 64 games, it's been a nice bounce-back campaign for Foligno. After all, he posted a 37-point showing last year. Foligno is locked into a big role for the Blue Jackets, which includes power-play time with the No. 1 unit. He also provides solid peripheral coverage with 154 shots, 43 PIM, and 108 hits.
Foligno potted two goals Saturday in a 7-0 victory over the Islanders. Perhaps that 31-goal season two years ago wasn't a fluke. Foligno now has 22 goals in 57 games and has a chance to crest 30 again.
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