NHL captain suffers broken jaw on Friday night.

NHL captain suffers broken jaw on Friday night.

A big win on Friday night comes with a heavy cost for one National Hockey League captain.

Jonathan Larivee

A National Hockey League team will be without their captain throughout the holiday season.

On Saturday morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets officially confirmed that veteran forward and team captain Boone Jenner would be out for the next several weeks after he fractured his jaw in a win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. According to the Jackets, Jenner is now expected to miss the next 6 weeks of the regular season as he recovers from his injury, a devastating blow to a team that has struggled mightily this season.

Jenner was on pace for a 38 goal season which would have eclipsed his career high, but that has likely now been derailed as a result of this significant injury.

To make matters worse, the Blue Jackets fan base won't have anyone to point the finger at to blame for this incident given that the injury was caused by one of Jenner's own teammates. Jenner suffered the fractured jaw when he was struck in the face by an errant shot from Blue Jackets defenseman Ivan Provorov during the second period of Friday night's game against the Blues.

While I'm sure Provorov feels terrible about the situation, that will do little to remedy the situation the Blue Jackets now find themselves in or Boone Jenner's jaw for that matter.