Another boost for the suddenly-almost-healthy Blue Jackets.
John Tortorella made the announcement during his post-morning skate media availability: Brandon Dubinsky, out since Dec. 12 after suffering a scary eye injury in a fight with Oilers forward Zack Kassian, is back in the lineup tonight.
The Blue Jackets face the Minnesota Wild at Nationwide Arena to close out the month of January needing two points in the bank, as a treacherous February schedule loaded with Metropolitan Division opponents awaits.
Torts: Dubinsky will play tonight #CBJ— Alison (@AlisonL) January 30, 2018
Dubinsky practiced Monday on a line with Matt Calvert on left wing and Oliver Bjorkstrand on the right, a new-look combination for Tortorella as he utilizes some newfound depth with his forwards.
While this hasn't been the best year production-wise for the 31-year-old Dubinsky (with only three goals and nine assists in 31 games), his presence gives the Blue Jackets much-needed versatility down the middle as they gear up for the stretch run.