The league has been so focused recently on the trade deadline that we’ve almost forgotten some of the ongoing storylines around the league — but it’s unlikely the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have lost over four hundred man-games this season alone, have forgotten about Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Russian netminder has been out for the past month with a groin injury, which occurred in the Blue Jackets’ final game prior to the All Star Break — but now he’s back.
He was cleared for play this week, but has been serving as backup to Curtis McElhinney for the last two games. His start on Tuesday, confirmed per the team’s Twitter account, will be the first time he’s started since late January.
Prior to being held out with his injury, Bobrovsky had gone 16-15-2 on the season, posting a .913 SV% and 2.85 GAA — and although his backups have been serving the team well enough in his absence, Columbus has to be relieved that their All Star is back and ready for action.
He’s not the only player making a debut of sorts for the Metropolitan franchise tonight, though — the team has also confirmed that Justin Falk, who was dealt to the Blue Jackets on Monday prior to the trade deadline, will be dressing for his first appearance with the franchise. He was sent to Columbus by the Minnesota Wild in exchange for veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold; with James Wisniewski also getting sent out of Columbus en route to the Anaheim Ducks, it’s likely that Falk will see his role on the ice increased significantly with the new team — especially since the team will only dress six defensemen in Tuesday night’s matchup.
While this is all good news, though, the team isn’t all smiles heading into their matchup against the Washington Capitals; although the team has confirmed that Brandon Dubinsky is progressing well in his recovery from a concussion, they’ve also indicated that Matt Calvert — also out with a concussion — is having a more difficult recovery.