Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will miss six weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery, the team announced Wednesday.
Dubinsky joins five other Columbus players on injured reserve: Brian Gibbons, Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, Sonny Milano and Ryan Murray. Four of the six are centers.
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Ryan Johansen, the team's top center, may not play in Thursday's opener after missing all of training camp during a contract dispute. Johansen practiced for the first time Wednesday.
Dubinsky scored 16 goals last season, the second-most of his career. He was traded to Columbus prior to the 2012-13 season in the deal which sent Rick Nash to the Rangers.
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The Blue Jackets open the season Thursday in Buffalo against the Sabres.
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