For the third time this year, the Columbus Blue Jackets are without captain Nick Foligno for a game because of an off-ice situation.
Foligno did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday night’s game because of a personal matter.
But unlike his first two absences, this one is not related to the heart issues faced by his 5-year-old daughter Milana.
Foligno missed one game in November when Milana was ill, then four in December and January when Milana needed to undergo a procedure in Boston.
Head coach John Tortorella said the team’s thoughts are with Foligno and his family.
“That family has gone through a lot,” Tortorella said. “The hell with the game and all the stuff that goes on with that. That family has gone through a tremendous amount. We’re just trying to support him the best way we can.”
Foligno has 16 goals and 30 points along with 44 penalty minutes this year for the Blue Jackets.
He is expected to rejoin the team soon, with Columbus’ next game scheduled for Tuesday at Calgary. Lukas Sedlak went into the lineup in his place against the Bruins.