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Zach Werenski Misses Practice With Sickness, Status for Thursday's Game Uncertain

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski missed practice Wednesday afternoon due to sickness, coach John Tortorella said, and his status for Thursday’s game against the Senators is uncertain. “He was just under the weather today so we left him alone,” Tortorella said. If the rookie cannot play and Markus Nutivaara remains out with an undisclosed injury, Scott Harrington and Dalton Prout would both see action. Harrington replaced Nutivaara in the 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday. Prout was an emergency substitute at forward last week in Carolina, but hasn’t played defense for the...
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