To peruse the Blue Jackets’ roster at this late date in training camp is to count more strains sprains pulls and spasms than a beer-league softball game.

The best part of last night’s 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in First Niagara Center is that the Blue Jackets – dressing only the requisite eight regulars – emerged without any more named added to the injured list.

“The lineup … that’s pretty much what we have to do right now” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “This was game seven. It’s been a pretty intense camp and the way we’ve done it has been pretty hard on the guys.

“Right now we’re dealing with mostly bumps and bruises. If it were the regular season most of these guys would play. But we’re being cautious.”

The two players who most concern Richards in terms of being ready for the Oct. 4 opener are right wing Jared Boll and back-up goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

Boll who has an upper body injury probably won’t be ready Richards has said.

McElhinney who has lower body ailment is more likely to healthy for the opener but certainly no guarantee. He has been skating by himself in recent days and could join the rest of the group for practice early next week.

The Blue Jackets have one more exhibition game: 7 tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes in Nationwide Arena. The lineup is tentative to say the least.

“We’ll take a look at Cam a look at Niki and a look at Gabby and see how everybody is” Richards said.

That would be Cam Atkinson (maintenance day on Tuesday) Nikita Nikitin (foot) and Marian Gaborik (maintenance day yesterday).

Richards didn’t mention the players who aren’t possibilities – Derek MacKenzie (upper body) and Cody Bass (broken thumb).

“It’s that point of camp where everybody is feeling it everybody is sore with something” veteran wing Ryan Craig said earlier this week. “Every team goes through this. It’s really the only way to get ready.”