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UPDATE: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports defenseman James Wisniewski "looks to be in the lineup" for Thursday's contest with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Columbus Blue Jackets may have one of their top defensemen back from injury before the end of the month. The Columbus Dispatch reports James Wisniewski -- who's travelling with the team on its current road trip -- is hoping to return later next week.
"I wouldn't go on the road if I didn’t think I could maybe come back," Wisniewski said. "The target is Thursday (in Edmonton). That's nothing official, and it's not a promise or anything, but that's my target."
Out with a busted foot since Feb. 24, Wisniewski was expected to miss four to six weeks altogether. A comeback next week would fall in on the early side of that schedule. If dealing with a full gaggle of healthy blue-line bodies, coach Todd Richards is likely to sit Dalton Prout upon Wisniewski's return.