NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during their game on November 17 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brandon Dubinsky Out Four Weeks With Leg Injury, But Timing Isn't Bad For Rangers

Brutal luck for the New York Rangers today. Brandon Dubinsky, the team's leading scorer, learned he'll miss up to a month with a stress fracture in his left leg.

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Timing Of Brandon Dubinsky Injury Fortuitous For Rangers?

Even with Marian Gaborik's four-goal, five-point night on Thursday, there are very few positives to take out of Brandon Dubinsky's leg injury. He's the team's leading scorer and he'll miss up to a month with a left leg injury.

Despite the negatives, though, did the Rangers get lucky with the timing of this injury? Our blog, Blueshirt Banter, has more on that:

As was pointed out, the timing is a bit fortuitous, at least as much as it can be losing your most versatile forward.  The all-star break is approaching, so if Dubinsky is back in 3 weeks, he'll miss a total of 9 games, with a possible return of Feb. 11th vs Atlanta.  If you tack on another week, it is only 11 games, with Feb 17th vs the Kings a possible return date.

The team will be getting Ryan Callahan back in approximately two weeks, and [Erik] Christensen should not be far behind.  The team will likely stay the course right now, so don't expect a reactionary trade or any moves between now the all-star break.

Knee-jerk reactions to the injury on Wednesday spelled disaster, but after Gaborik's break-out performance and a quick glance at the schedule, it might not be so bad for the fellas on Broadway.

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Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky Out Four Weeks With Left Leg Fracture

Brandon Dubinsky is the leading scorer on a team that, basically, can't score. Losing him for an substantial amount of time could be a devastating blow to the New York Rangers, especially given the fact that Marian Gaborik can't put the puck in the net and Ryan Callahan's out with injury until the end of the month. 

That blow came down hard on the team this afternoon, when they learned they'd lose Dubinsky for up to a month.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Brandon Dubinsky has suffered a stress fracture of the fibula in his left leg, and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.

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Dubinsky leads the team in goals, assists, points, shots (124), power play goals (four), power play assists (six), and power play points (10), and leads all team forwards in average ice time (20:07). 

Needless to say, some other guys are going to have to step up now. Dubinsky is probably the second-most important player on the team, outside of Henrik Lundqvist. A lot falls on that man's shoulders now, though. With limited offense and a very young defense, it's going to be up to the goaltender to steal a few games and keep the Rangers afloat in the Eastern Conference. 

For more, check in with the doom and gloom over at Blueshirt Banter

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