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Jackets activate Dubinsky off IR, will face Vancouver tonight

Mar 12, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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Columbus alternate captain Brandon Dubinsky has been taken off injured reserve and will play for the first time in 11 games tonight when the Jackets take on the Canucks at Nationwide Arena.

Dubinsky, 26, has been out of the Blue Jackets lineup since suffering a knee injury on Feb. 16.

Prior to getting hurt, he was riding a three-game point streak (1G-3A-4PTS) and averaging over 18 minutes a night.

His return will add spark to an already hot Jackets team.

Winners of five straight, Columbus sits just four points back of St. Louis for eighth spot in the Western Conference. Dubinsky is penciled in to center the second line between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, a line that Vancouver knows well.

Calvert scored the OT winner against the Canucks last Thursday, and followed that up with a stellar shootout goal against Detroit on Sunday.

Atkinson, meanwhile, is currently riding a two-game point streak.

In other news — entirely non-surprising news — Sergei Bobrovsky will make his sixth straight appearance tonight.

The NHL’s reigning first star of the week has taken hold of Columbus’ starting gig, even spelling backup Steve Mason in his last start (a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton in which Bobrovsky entered early in the second period, and stopped all 21 shots faced.)

  1. tfaltin - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    It’s nice to see some positive stories coming from Columbus. This has been a great streak they’ve put together, and getting Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Wisniewski will only make them tougher to play against.

  2. hagigun - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I agree. As I Wild fan I am familiar with Todd Richards. I actually liked him while he was here. He was given a bunch of crap to work with and his only talented guys, Latendresse, Koivu, and PMB were often injured for extensive time. Besides all that, we were still that 9,10,11 type team in the West…just like we always were with healthy guys. I also believe his club set a franchise mark for most road victories in a season. So knowing we had a bad team talent wise, were riddled with injuries, he still had them playing hard enough to earn plenty of points on the road. Even our best teams in past years didn’t win like that on the road. Not an easy thing to accomplish.

    I was happy he got another shot so quickly as head coach. I am also glad to see his team responding and playing well. I’m sort of a closet Jackets fan now because of how they are always cellar dwellers.

    Good luck Jackets, keep up the good work Todd. Some of us in Minny were sad to see you leave in that no-win situation they gave you. I am happy with Yeo, but he’s no better than what you could do with this roster. Beat those Canucks for us tonight!

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