Sergei Bobrovsky out with fractured finger as Blue Jackets' injuries continue to mount
Another day, another injury hitting the Columbus Blue Jackets’ lineup.
The Blue Jackets announced on Tuesday morning that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will be placed on injured reserve and miss the next 1-2 weeks after fracturing a finger during practice.
Bobrovsky joins a very crowded list of injured players for the Blue Jackets. Currently, Matt Calvert, Brandon Dubinsky, Nathan Horton, and Boone Jenner are all on IR. Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson almost joined them after a pair of freak incidents over the weekend. Foligno is still day-to-day with a sore neck, while Atkinson is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night against Ottawa.
Columbus head coach Todd Richards is probably wondering what sort of voodoo curse has been put on his team after last season's exciting run to the playoffs. Despite getting Ryan Johansen re-signed late in training camp and the numerous injuries affecting the lineup, they haven't dug themselves that deep of a hole just yet. The Blue Jackets' 4-4-0 record place them sixth in the Metropolitan Division and two points out of one of the wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference.
Curtis McElhinney, who recently came off IR himself after dealing with concussion symptoms, will grab the starter’s role until Bobrovsky returns, with rookie Anton Forsberg getting recalled for the backup job. McElhinney played in 28 games last season, starting 21 of them, and posted a 10-11-1 record and .914 even-strength save percentage.
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