The Columbus Blue Jackets have completed turned their season around in the past couple of weeks, managing points in a franchise record 12 consecutive games.
There are a variety of factors for their recent success, but there are still enough unknowns with this team that no one is actually sure if this stretch is to be taken seriously. What we do know is that moving forward, they will be without Brandon Dubinsky for the second time this season.
Dubinsky has already missed one stretch of games earlier this year, when he was placed on injured reserve towards the end of February. He missed 11 games with a knee injury. He’s out again with a lower-body injury.
In the four games since his return, Dubinsky had managed just one point. He has just nine on the season in 19 games. Certainly a disappointment, but he’s managed to contribute in some other ways, including his physical game. Regardless of whether or not he’s putting up points, losing him again will be felt.
There isn’t any sort of timetable for Dubinsky’s return this time. Luckily, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have to head to the injured reserve list again. All that we know of his injury is that he’s out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. He won’t be in the lineup on Saturday, and could potentially be out until the end of next week.
Somehow, the Blue Jackets have managed to overcome their rash of injuries that has absolutely decimated their roster this season. It shouldn’t be anything new to them at this point. It will be interesting to see what this team can do when their team is actually healthy, if they’re performing like this now.