Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 9 Hrs
Bobrovsky (groin) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, but will serve as the backup goalie for the game later in the evening against the Devils, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Bobrovsky appears fully healthy after resuming full practice earlier this week, but coach Todd Richards will give No. 2 goalie Curtis McElhinney one more turn before handing the net back over to his franchise netminder. Look for Bobrovsky's return to action to come Sunday against the Penguins, in what will be the second game of a back-to-back set. The groin injury and a broken finger suffered in late October have limited Bobrovsky to 33 games this season, during which he's compiled a 16-15-2 record, 2.85 GAA, and .913 save percentage.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 1 Day
Bobrovsky (groin) will skate on his own Saturday morning, and the Blue Jackets will then make a decision on their starter for Saturday's game against the Devils, Shawn Mitchell of the COlumbus Dispatch reports.
The team will not skate until 5 PM, but Bobrovsky is going to work out in his own in the morning. If he doesn't make it back for Saturday's game, Bobrovsky could still start Sunday's contest in Pittsburgh.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 3 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) appeared to be a full participant at Wednesday's practice, indicating afterward he had his best day on the ice since suffering the injury, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Coach Todd Richards said the team would stick with Curtis McElhinney as its goalie for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, but there's a good chance that Bobrovsky will be cleared to return to action for either of the Jackets' two weekend tilts. Bobrovsky will practice for the next couple of days, and if he endures no setbacks, expect the team to formally activate him from IR.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 4 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) completed a full practice Tuesday.
With Curtis McElhinney receiving the morning off, Bobrovsky served as the goalie on the net opposite Anton Forsberg, who will start Tuesday's game against the Sabres. McElhinney will still back up Forsberg for the game, as the decision to rest the former was just a means of getting Bobrovsky more extensive on-ice work. Bobrovsky could be activated from IR ahead of Thursday's game against the Canadiens if he continues to progress well over the next two days.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 8 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) should be back next week, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.Bobrovsky skated at Friday's practice, and while he won't be back for Saturday's game against Montreal, he seems to be honing in on a return. Curtis McElhinney is playing well, but there's little question that Bobrovsky will step back into a role as the team's top goaltender.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 9 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) skated with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday and even faced a few easy shots, the Columbus Dispatch reports.The club hasn't changed the timetable for Bobrovsky's return, which is still expected to be before the end of February, but it's reassuring to see signs of progress.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 10 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) is traveling with the Blue Jackets on their four-game road trip, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.The Blue Jackets remain optimistic that Bobrovsky will be back before the end of February, though it might be a stretch to expect him to play in the final game of the road trip Sunday against the Rangers. He'll need to ramp up his activity in practice the next couple of days in order for that to materialize, which probably makes a return in the final week of February more plausible.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 12 Days
Coach Todd Richards indicated there's hope that Bobrovsky returns "by the end of this month," Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.Bobrovsky returning by the end of February would be the best possible news for the Blue Jackets, as it would be on the early end of his initial 4-6 week timetable. He skated on his one multiple times last week, which is the first step in his return, but it remains a step in the right direction. However, he won't be allowed to return to the net until he practices with the team once again, and he still likely remains over a week away from potentially rejoining the lineup.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 17 Days
Bobrovsky (groin) skated on his own for the second straight day on Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "Just making some easy movements, slow motion," Bobrovsky said. "I don't push too hard. Day by day, you know?"He's still weeks away from returning to action, but so far Bobrovsky's recovery from his groin injury is going well.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 1 Month
The Blue Jackets have placed Bobrovsky (groin) on IR, retroactive to Jan. 21, the team's official site reports.
Per the report, Bobrovsky is expected to be sidelined four-to-six weeks, with the Blue Jackets having recalled fellow netminder Anton Forsberg to work in tandem with Curtis McElhinney while Bobrovsky is out.