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Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky will miss games vs. Penguins with facial fracture

Matt Rosenberg
| Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, 1:18 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky, right, carries the puck past Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky, right, carries the puck past Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (left) fights the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky during the second period Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (left) fights the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky during the second period Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

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.

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.

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