Blue Jackets G Bobrovsky will start Monday vs. Wild

by Jan 5, 5:02 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have their starting goaltender back in the lineup and between the pipes Monday as Sergei Bobrovsky makes his return.

Bobrovsky has missed 14 games with a groin injury.

Jan 2, 2:23 PM

Bobrovsky activated from IR, will back up Thursday vs. Coyotes

by Jan 2, 2:23 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was activated from injured reserve Thursday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Analysis:

Though Bobrovsky manned the starter's net during morning skate, he will indeed serve as the backup goalie Thursday against Phoenix. It's uncertain how long he'll remain in that role, but Bobrovsky should have little trouble regaining his starting job once completely recovered.

Dec 31, 10:58 AM

Bobrovsky 'getting closer' to return to Blue Jackets' crease

by Dec 31, 10:58 AM

According to Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards, Sergei Bobrovsky is  "getting closer" to make a return to the team's lineup. In fact, he will travel with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip (beginning Tuesday in Colorado) and should be available to play at some point.

The original projection in early December was a four-to-five week recovery for his injured groin that put him on track to return sometime in the new year.

Dec 22, 11:57 AM

Bobrovsky to travel with team Monday's game in Carolina

by Dec 22, 11:57 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets may have number one goalie Sergei Bobrovsky back in the mix for Monday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bobrovsky hasn't played since Dec. 3 with a groin strain, and was initially expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury.

Dec 16, 5:24 PM

Blue Jackets coach Richards: Bobrovsky could return next week

by Dec 16, 5:24 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards says injured goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is making progress.

Richards told the Columbus Dispatch that Bobrovsky is "progressing" in his rehab from the groin strain he suffered on December 3. Richards added Bobrovsky could return to the ice next week.

Dec 5, 8:34 AM

Bobrovsky placed on injured reserve, Blue Jackets confident in McElhinney

by Dec 5, 8:34 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets placed Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve Wednesday, and the team's number one goalie is expected to be out a minimum of four to five weeks with a groin strain.

As such, Curtis McElhinney will now have an opportunity to prove his worth at the NHL level, and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is confident that he can get the job done.

I don't really like the word 'backup' because he's a goalie that's capable of playing in the National Hockey League and that's why we gave him a one-way contract. He was consistently playing at a high level last year with Springfield, and that's the mindset you have: whatever happens, he's good enough to step in and take responsibility. (via BlueJackets.com)

In 49 starts for the AHL's Springfield Falcons last season, McElhinney posted a record of 29-16-3 with a .923 save percentage, a 2.32 goals against average and an astounding nine shutouts. 

This season, McElhinney has a record of 1-3-1 with the Blue Jackets, with a save percentage of .925 and a 2.34 goals against average.

Dec 4, 3:58 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky out 4-5 weeks with groin strain

by Dec 4, 3:58 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky underwent an MRI on his injured groin on Wednesday, and is set to miss at least a month of action.

This is a massive blow for the Blue Jackets, who will now rely on Curtis McElhinney and the recently recalled Mike McKenna in net.

Prior to the injury, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner had posted a record of 10-11-2 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.72 goals against average.

Dec 3, 9:59 PM

Blue Jackets G Bobrovsky will undergo MRI Wednesday

by Dec 3, 9:59 PM

Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards provided a brief update on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky following Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Lightning.

The extent of Bobrovsky's lower-body injury should become clearer following the MRI.

Dec 3, 9:09 PM

Blue Jackets G Bobrovsky leaves game with apparent leg injury

by Dec 3, 9:09 PM

Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky left Tuesday's game against the Lightning in the third period with a lower-body injury.

Bobrovsky was not putting any weight on his left leg as he left the ice with the help of trainers. Curtis McElhinney is now in net for Columbus.

Here is a video of the save that led to the injury:

Bobrovsky stopped 18 of 18 shots prior to the injury.