Sitting only five spots behind the New York Rangers for a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets appear to be getting bodies back just in time to make a push for the postseason. Brandon Dubinsky hasn’t played since November 19, but he’s been skating and appears to have clearance to play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lighting.
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Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch spoke to head coach Todd Richards about what getting Dubinsky back could do for his team:
It should be a big lift; we’ll find out. It should be a shot in the arm for our team. What he brings us is the speed and the tenacity in his play. Our practice gets better when he’s out there taking part.
According to Portzline’s report, Dubinsky practiced on the third line alongside Matt Calvert and Blake Comeau. Artem Anisimov has been good lately and has three points in his last five games, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the lines shuffled up to get Dubinsky back into the top-six once he’s got his legs under him.
The Jackets have been swapping wins and losses and cleaning up points where ever they can, but getting healthy could see them make a bit of a charge in the awful Metropolitan Division.