Blue Jackets rookie forward Boone Jenner will not play this weekend in two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and seems likely to miss all or part of a busy schedule next week. Coach Todd Richards said a leg injury Jenner suffered on Oct. 24 against Toronto probably would keep him out of the lineup “more toward weeks, not days.” “Double-digit days,” Richards said. He declined to elaborate.

Center Derek MacKenzie also was injured in that game and did not
play on Sunday against Anaheim. He did not practice with the team yesterday but skated on his own. “We’re hoping that he’ll play on the weekend, but that’s still a question mark,” Richards said.

Forwards Matt Calvert (abdominal surgery) and Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery) remain out with longer-term injuries, leaving the Blue Jackets with only 11 forwards for practice. The club likely will recall a player from minor-league Springfield, perhaps veteran Ryan Craig, before it plays the Penguins on Friday at Pittsburgh and on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. After that, the Jackets will conclude a four-game homestand against Ottawa on Tuesday, the New York Rangers on Nov. 7 and the New York Islanders on Nov. 9. Jenner has two goals, no assists and an even plus/minus rating in nine games. Mark Letestu took Jenner’s spot on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson in practice.