Foligno couldn't even get his injured foot in his skate boot for Game 5 against the Penguins on Thursday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Between this injury and struggling to a minus-5 rating, the American winger had a forgettable series that culminated in a quick playoff exit for the Blue Jackets. Columbus even took an overtime loss when Foligno notched a pair of assists in Game 3. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he can recover from this malady in the offseason. During the regular season, the 10th-year skater fashioned 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 79 games for fourth place on his own team.
Foligno will not play Thursday night's Game 5 in Pittsburgh due to a lower-body injury. There was no indication prior to warmups that Foligno was dealing with any sort of ailment, so it's quite shocking to see him get scratched so close to puck drop. Scott Hartnell will replace Foligno in the lineup for Thursday's crucial playoff tilt.
Foligno scored Columbus' lone goal against Chicago during Friday's 3-1 loss. It was the first tally in eight games for the Blue Jackets captain, and he also had just one helper during that stretch. Foligno has turned in a solid offensive campaign with 25 goals and 49 points through 74 games, and his 176 shots, 49 PIM and 132 hits also help his fantasy stock. He's still more of a complementary asset in the majority of settings, though.
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.
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