According to Peter Botte of the Daily News, Brandon Dubinsky was seen walking around on crutches following an optional practice yesterday in Greenburgh. Although Torts hasn’t given any updates on Dubisnky’s status, he was not at this morning’s skate either.
Dubinsky apparently suffered a lower-body injury when he was hit by Ottawa’s Zack Smith in Thursday’s Game 7 victory. Again, although nothing is being confirmed about his injury, reports seem to indicate that he will likely miss more than tonight’s game against Washington.
Although Dubinsky has underwhelmed offensively so far in the postseason, he has been a vital member to the team defensively. He’s been solid on faceoffs (50%), he’s played key minutes on the penalty kill, and he’s been strong on the forecheck.
Prior to his injury I thought Dubi played his best game of the postseason in last Thursday’s victory. His hit in the defensive zone during the second period caused the turnover that eventually led to the game winning goal, which he also assisted. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Dubinsky. He will be counted on to play an important role for this team as the postseason progresses.
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