Jackets activate Dubinsky off IR, will face Vancouver tonight


Columbus alternate captain Brandon Dubinsky has been taken off injured reserve and will play for the first time in 11 games tonight when the Jackets take on the Canucks at Nationwide Arena.

Dubinsky, 26, has been out of the Blue Jackets lineup since suffering a knee injury on Feb. 16.

Prior to getting hurt, he was riding a three-game point streak (1G-3A-4PTS) and averaging over 18 minutes a night.

His return will add spark to an already hot Jackets team.

Winners of five straight, Columbus sits just four points back of St. Louis for eighth spot in the Western Conference. Dubinsky is penciled in to center the second line between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, a line that Vancouver knows well.

Calvert scored the OT winner against the Canucks last Thursday, and followed that up with a stellar shootout goal against Detroit on Sunday.

Atkinson, meanwhile, is currently riding a two-game point streak.

In other news — entirely non-surprising news — Sergei Bobrovsky will make his sixth straight appearance tonight.

The NHL’s reigning first star of the week has taken hold of Columbus’ starting gig, even spelling backup Steve Mason in his last start (a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton in which Bobrovsky entered early in the second period, and stopped all 21 shots faced.)