Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk out 5-6 weeks: NHL injury roundup

Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk is out five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

General manager Ron Hextall announced the time frame for van Riemsdyk’s absence on Monday. The former Toronto Maple Leafs forward was hit with a shot from Avalanche defenceman Mark Barberio during the first period of Saturday night’s 5-2 loss at Colorado.

Van Riemsdyk was playing just his second game back with the Flyers after they signed him to a five-year, $35-million US contract on July 1. He had an assist in a season-opening victory at Vegas last week.

With van Riemsdyk out, 22-year-old Oskar Lindblom is expected to move up in the lineup. The Flyers host the San Jose Sharks in their home opener on Tuesday.

Blue Jackets’ Dubinsky on IR

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strained oblique (rib cage) muscle.

Dubinsky suffered the injury at practice on Sunday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the time frame on Monday when Columbus put Dubinsky on injured reserve.

The 32-year-old had a goal and an assist and won 68.8 per cent of his faceoffs in the Blue Jackets’ first two games of the season. Dubinsky has 148 goals and 278 assists for 426 points in 764 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

Alexander Wennberg and free agent addition Riley Nash will be counted on to play more minutes with Dubinsky out.