Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky will miss games vs. Penguins with facial fracture
John Tortorella's squad will have one less pain-in-Sidney-Crosby's-butt in the lineup in two weeks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday afternoon that forward Brandon Dubinsky, a longtime nemesis of Crosby and the Penguins, was placed on injured reserve and will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured orbital bone.
Typically the recovery time for a fractured orbital bone is 4-8 weeks based on how many breaks and how displaced the bones are. Dubinsky will miss significant time. #CBJ— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 13, 2017
The Penguins have two game games against the Blue Jackets in the coming weeks — Dec. 21 and Dec. 27.
Dubinsky's injury occurred during a fight with the Oilers' Zack Kassian on Tuesday.
"At this time, the damage has not affected the function of his eye and long-term vision," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "He will continue to be monitored closely by our medical team."
In 31 games this season, Dubinsky has three goals and nine assists.
In November 2015, Dubinsky became public enemy No. 1 for Penguins fans after a crosscheck to the back of Sidney Crosby's head.
In the previous season — in February 2015 — the two fought each other.