Dubinsky underwent surgery on his wrist with an expected recovery time of three months.
Dubinsky's three month time frame would have him ready in time for the start of training camp, but the question will be how much additional offseason work he is able to do following the surgery. The team originally expected rest to be enough to get the center back on track, but apparently the wrist was not responding and surgery was required. The 31-year-old racked up 41 points during the regular season but was a non-factor in the postseason, as he managed just one goal and one helper in the opening-round series against Pittsburgh.
Dubinsky tallied a goal, assist, five shots, nine hits and two penalty minutes in a 5-4 overtime defeat in Game 3 of the first round against the Penguins on Sunday.
Coach John Tortorella shook up his lines prior to Game 3, and it paid big dividends for Dubinsky, who assisted Cam Atkinson's first goal 11 seconds into the game. Dubinsky has been a physical force all series, posting 19 hits in three games, but it's sometimes gotten him into trouble. He's committed two penalties in the last two games, and Pittsburgh took advantage of both. On Sunday, the Penguins took a third-period lead on a power play as a result of a Dubinsky cross-check, but he answered right back with the game-tying goal moments later. Dubinsky nearly won it in overtime, but his shot bounced off Marc-Andre Fleury's mask. Despite his best game of the series, it wasn't enough, though, as Pittsburgh won in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Dubinsky unloaded for a game-high seven hits in Friday's 3-1 road loss to the Blackhawks.
B-Dub wasted no time showing his grit, crosschecking Niklas Hjalmarson up high just 28 seconds into the contest. Unfortunately for the forward, the Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin converted a man-advantage goal just seconds after he sat down in the box. Dubinsky failed to record a point in the losing effort, but he's reached the 40-point mark for the second straight campaign while achieving a career-high plus-22 rating. The only complaint from fantasy owners should be his relative lack of production on the power play -- he's only registered one goal and three helpers in that situation.
Dubinsky (undisclosed) took part in pregame warmups before Saturday's game against the Senators, Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Dubinsky missed practice Friday, but coach John Tortorella called it "maintenance," so all signs point to him being good to go for this matchup barring a setback.
Dubinsky left practice Friday with an undisclosed injury, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Blue Jackets initially downplayed the situation, and coach John Tortorella wrote Dubinsky's absence off as "maintenance", but the fact that center T.J. Tynan was called up from AHL Cleveland later in the day puts Dubinsky's status for this weekend's back-to-back games in question.