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Sergei Bobrovsky to travel with Columbus Blue Jackets, but not ready to return yet

Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t suited up for the Columbus Blue Jackets since December 3. He left midway through a contest between the Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning and has not been able to start a game since. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the netminder is traveling with the team, but won’t start on Friday.

As per his report:

Sergei Bobrovsky (groin strain) is traveling with the club to Raliegh, but is not going to start. Curtis McElhinney will get the pipes for Columbus, but Bobrovsky is said to be healing well and quickly.

Columbus has been putting up some incredibly spirited efforts considering how banged up they’ve been. It seems like every time they get a body back, they lose someone else. They are 15-17-4 and are sitting in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division. That group has been weak all season long though, and Columbus is only three points out of a playoff spot right now.

Getting last season’s Vezina Trophy winner back in goal will be a big boost for the Blue Jackets. McElhinney has done his best to keep the team afloat, but he just doesn’t provide the same caliber of netminding as Bobrovsky. The next contest that he will have a chance to start in will be Friday against the New Jersey Devils.

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