Brandon Saad Knocked Out of Preseason Lineup

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be missing their big summer acquisition for at least the first preseason match.

Brandon Saad took a puck to the face on Tuesday and is going to have to sit out of Tuesday’s split-squad exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues.

Saad isn’t expected to be out long, despite Aaron Portzline’s gruesome description of the injury.

There are no words.

The Blue Jackets acquired Saad in a seven-player swap that saw Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano, among others, shipped to the Windy City.

Last season the Pittsburgh-native put up career-high marks with 23 goals and 52 points. He added another eight goals and three assists through 23 postseason matches, en route to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Chalice for a second time.

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