Riley Nash injury update: Blue Jackets forward looks to be out for Game 5

The Blue Jackets’ depth took a hit going into Game 4 and it may be short again for Game 5 on Saturday.

Center Riley Nash was ruled out for Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, and he did not skate with the team during the day before Game 5, so he would appear to be out again.

He is currently listed as day-to-day.

The Blue Jackets may not have disclosed what his injury was or how he got it, but he took a massive hit from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara early in Game ,2 which forced him to leave the ice.

He then took another shot from defenseman Charlie McAvoy in Game 3, so it’s understandable why he may be a bit banged up.

The Bruins have been on a mission to level Nash after the center knocked David Krejci out of Game 1 on a big hit of his own.

Nash, however, does not believe the hits were retaliatory.

“I respect those guys and think they respect our club,” Nash said, via the Columbus Post-Dispatch. “By all means, I don’t think a guy in this league is going to put a bounty on a guy’s head. … Then this league gets into prison rules.

He continued: “That’s playoff hockey right there. There’s going to be hits like that.”

Nash has one goal and two assists in the 2019 playoffs.

The Bruins won Game 4 4-1 and the series now tied 2-2. Game 5 is set to start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.