Jackets lose Ryan Murray for at least Saturday’s game

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The Columbus Blue Jackets, coming off a disappointing result in their season-opener last night, will now be without defenseman Ryan Murray for at least tomorrow’s home game against San Jose.

Coach John Tortorella announced today that Murray would be missing against the Sharks after the d-man blocked a shot in Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Bruins. Dalton Prout, a healthy scratch against Boston, will draw in, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

No word how long Murray will be out of the lineup, but the Jackets could really use something positive out of their next two games, both of them at home. They host the Sharks Saturday and the Blackhawks Friday, then they hit the road for games in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Anaheim — a tough trip, to be sure.

Remember that Columbus started last season with eight straight losses. Head coach Todd Richards was fired after the first seven defeats, replaced by Tortorella.

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