Blue Jackets Place MacKenzie on IR

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets placed center Derek MacKenzie on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 22 due to a strained back.

In 22 games this season, the 31-year-old MacKenzie has two goals and one assist.

MacKenzie is eligible to return Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have claimed 24-year-old winger Corey Tropp off waivers.

Tropp, who missed most of last season with a knee injury,  had one assist in nine games with the Buffalo Sabres this season before being placed on waivers.

The Blue Jackets (9-13-3, 21pts) currently sit five points behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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