Blue Jackets Center Brandon Dubinsky Will Make His Preseason Debut Tomorrow Afternoon in Pittsburgh

By 1OB Staff on September 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm
Brandon Dubinsky

Finally, the Blue Jackets have good injury news.

They will get Brandon Dubinsky back on Saturday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena when they take on the Penguins in their preseason finale.

It's good news for the Blue Jackets, who have captain Nick Foligno playing center and top prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois on the wing. It's not-so-good news if you're, say, Zac Dalpe or another of the 4-5 players on the bubble but that situation will sort itself out in due time.

The Blue Jackets are woefully thin down the middle and need Dubinsky in the lineup and ready for opening night, and if he's playing in the final exhibition game, it's a step in the right direction.

Dubinsky has missed the previous seven preseason games and, until recently, was a limited participant in training camp due to offseason wrist surgery. Blue Jackets management indicated at media day that they hoped Dubinsky would join the team for at least some of the preseason. Better late than never, right?

John Tortorella confirmed Dubinsky would play in Pittsburgh following Friday's practice at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets are expected to release their full lineup prior to the game.

Tortorella said following Thursday's game that Sergei Bobrovsky would likely start against the Penguins, a 4 p.m. ET start (NHL Network).

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