The Columbus Blue Jackets have made it official and placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
He is expected to miss three weeks due to a groin strain suffered during the third period of Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. The team added goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to their roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League-affiliate Lake Erie Monsters yesterday.
Bobrovsky, 27, is 11-12-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in 25 games this season. In 15 games since November 1, he has gone 9-4-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout, stopping 429-of-454 shots faced and allowing two goals or fewer in 13 games.
The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has compiled a 136-83-25 record with a 2.51 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 255 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. Acquired from Philadelphia via trade on June 22, 2012, he has gone 94-60-15 with a 2.41 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 172 appearances with the club and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender following the 2012-13 campaign.
Korpisalo, 21, has gone 5-4-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games with Lake Erie this season, stopping 295-of-318 shots faced. He leads AHL rookie goaltenders and is seventh overall in both goals-against average and save percentage.
The Pori, Finland native is 5-6-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Springfield Falcons late in the 2014-15 season.
The Blue Jackets are in Winnipeg to face the Jets tonight before coming back to Columbus for a game against their Metropolitan Division opponents, the New York Islanders on Saturday.