When Sergei Bobrovsky was injured back in early December, it was supposed to leave Curtis McElhinney with the No. 1 job for a month or more. McElhinney was injured on December 12 while playing the New York Rangers, and has been listed as day-to-day since. The 30-year-old journeyman is expected to be back in goal for the Jackets tonight when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers though.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 19, 2013
While getting McElhinney back is a positive, the Blue Jackets are having their depth tested in a big way as injuries continue to mount. Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch spoke to head coach Todd Richards and asked for an update on all of the guys who are out, and he had this to say:
Uh … that’s a big list.
This came on the heels of the coach learning that he’d be forced to move forward without both Dalton Prout and Derek MacKenzie for the next two or three weeks. They were both hurt during Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Marian Gaborik and James Wisniewski are both aiming to play this Saturday though, so Columbus only needs to scrape through a few more games in their current beat up state.