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Anisimov (foot) out of tonight’s game vs. Phoenix

Artem Anisimov

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artem Anisimov (42), of Russia, moves the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Mike Munden)


Columbus’ troubles up front continue.

Centerman Artem Anisimov will miss tonight’s game against Phoenix with a foot injury suffered last night against Los Angeles. When Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch asked him about his foot last night, his responses were pretty fantastic.

“Russian tough” is a great line, but he’s still going to miss the game.

So far this season, Anisimov has four goals and two assists. That might sound not-so hot but it ties him for fourth on the team in points and he’s one goal behind team leader Mark Letestu. Yeah, things are a little tough in Columbus these days. Nick Drazenovic will take his spot in the lineup and play in his first NHL game.