Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will be out six weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery Wednesday.
It's a huge blow for the Blue Jackets, Dubinsky was third on the team in scoring last season with 50 points.
The injuries are just piling on the Blue Jackets. The team expected to be without a pair of top-line wingers in Nathan Horton, who is out indefinitely with a back injury, and Boone Jenner, who recently underwent surgery on his hand.
The Blue Jackets are hoping the leading scorer from last year, Ryan Johansen will be ready to go for the opener Thursday night. Johansen missed all of training camp due seeking a new contract.
The Columbus Blue Jackets start their 2014-15 campaign Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.