John Tortorella and Brandon Dubinsky’s Reconciliation Lifting Blue Jackets

November 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Friday the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 2-1 score. It was the 10th game the team played under John Tortorella, and the win moved the team back to .500 under its new head coach, with a respectable 5-5-0 record.

Brandon Dubinsky missed the game with an injury, his first absence since Tortorella took over behind the bench.

Although Dubinsky was out of the lineup for this victory, he’s been a vital figure in the Blue Jackets resurgence under Tortorella. He’s certainly been the team’s most effective centre under the new regime, as a quick glance at scoring totals post-Tortorella confirms:

Dubinsky: 9 games, 3G-5A-8PTS Ryan Johansen: 8 games, 0G-4A-4PTS Gregory Campbell: 10 games, 1G-2A-3PTS William Karlsson: 10 games, 0G-1A-1PTS Nick Foligno has also spent some time at centre; he has just three points (all assists) in 10 games under Tortorella. Dubinsky has been the lone capable offensive centre since the coaching change.

It’s surprising in some ways, because no effort has been made to hide the fact that the relationship between Tortorella and D ...

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