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Bobrovsky Sidelined Again, Forsberg Recalled

Bobrovsky Sidelined Again, Forsberg Recalled

Sergei Bobrovsky was the first Vezina Trophy winner not to make the playoffs. (InGoal photo by Clint Trahan)

Sergei Bobrovsky was the first Vezina Trophy winner not to make the playoffs. (InGoal photo by Clint Trahan)

Columbus will be without starting netminder Sergei Bobrovsky indefinitely, after the Russian puck stopper suffered a recurrence of the groin injury which has knocked him out of the line up twice already this season.

The 27-year old, who left yesterday’s game against Calgary midway through the second period, has missed stints of 10 and 16 games this year, with Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirming the Novokuznetsk native had a magnetic resonance imaging test in Columbus earlier today, per The Columbus Dispatch.

Talking to Aaron Portzline, Kekalainen described the injury as a “simple pull of the muscle – the tearing of muscle fibers – but is not the type that can be surgery repaired”.

While the injuries have not helped, Bobrovsky has struggled for form for much of the season, posting an 11-13-1 record with a .911 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average as Columbus slumped to the foot of the standings.

Of greater concern, repeated groin injuries can sometimes indicate hip problems, with groin muscles being relied more on more heavily to compensate, resulting in overtaxing the muscles thus increasing the risk of injury.

Bobrovsky has reportedly visited several specialists in Ohio, with this now the third straight season in which the former Philadelphia Flyers netminder has missed significant time due to injury.

As a result of the injury, Anton Forsberg was recalled on an emergency basis to partner Joonas Korpisalo, with Blue Jackets #2 Curtis McElhinney also sidelined through injury.

23-year old Forsberg has appeared in four games for the Blue Jackets this term, going 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals against average and .907 save percentage. The Swede’s NHL record now stands at 1-7-0 with a 4.01 goals against average and .882 save percentage.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).