The Blue Jackets have been pretty hard by the injury bug this season, a big reason they are two games under .500 in the Metropolitan Division. But they are close enough to the playoff pack where a second-half push could get them to the postseason.
Marian Gaborik, Sergei Bobrovsky and Nathan Horton have all missed extensive time due to injury. Gaborik and Horton usually account for about 60 goals in a season, while Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy last season. The holes have been huge and tough to fill.
Gaborik has only played 18 games this season, as he has dealt with a knee injury and a broken collarbone, which occurred in his first game back from the knee issue. A broken collarbone is usually a six-to-eight-week injury, which means Gaborik likely won't be back until right before or after the Olympics.
Horton has played in just two games, as he spent the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. He already has a goal and will be counted on for more offense over the second half.
Bobrovsky recently returned from a groin injury that cost him a month. He wasn't playing well before he went down, but he'll need to be at Vezina levels to get the Blue Jackets into a playoff spot.
There's plenty of time for the Jackets to right the ship, but they'll need to stay healthy the rest of the way.