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‘It’s going to be a while’: Bobrovsky suffers groin injury

Bad news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as it pertains to goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed Bobrovsky suffered a groin injury, this time on his right side.

“It’s gonna be a while,” said Kekalainen, as per a tweet from Portzline.

Groin injuries are nothing new for Bobrovsky. He endured a groin ailment last season, which forced him onto the injured reserve list. At that time, he was expected to miss four to five weeks.

Bobrovsky suffered the injury on Wednesday, and has been replaced at the All-Star game by Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. Earlier this season, the Blue Jackets’ star puck stopper was placed on injured reserve with an injured finger.

While it’s a loss for hockey fans this weekend, his injury and absence from the lineup will be a huge loss for the Blue Jackets as they look to get back into the playoff race.

WATCH LIVE: NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft

Tonight, the stars of the NHL will wait anxiously for their name to be called during the All-Star Fantasy Draft. Who goes first? Who goes last? We’re about to find out. You can catch the draft on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET, or online at



Here are some links for you to check out for tonight’s draft.

Update: Aaron Ekblad’s in the All-Star Game, Johnny Gaudreau doesn’t get bumped up

Brian Elliott proves that All-Star selection still an honor

Girgensons, Vrbata favored to go last in fantasy draft, says oddsmaker

(Video) PHT Extra: Who will be picked last in the All-Star Fantasy Draft?

Brian Elliott proves that All-Star selection still an honor


COLUMBUS — Combine the handful of big-name stars that have dropped out of this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Columbus due to non-major injuries with the speculation that some players actually requested they not be selected, there’s a sense that participating in the three-day event has become an obligation, if not a hassle, more than an honor and privilege.

Well, enter Blues goalie Brian Elliott to prove that some players still think it’s pretty neat to be chosen. As reported by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, Elliott left his beach vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands to fly to chilly Ohio and fill in for injured goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Today at media day, Elliott’s teammate, Kevin Shattenkirk, was asked if he’d have done the same thing.

“I would’ve come,” said Shattenkirk. “You can’t really deny this. You don’t know how many times this is going to happen in your career. I think some guys have the luxury they know they might be here every year. [But] this is an experience you can’t really pass up on and something that 20 years from now you don’t want to say you skipped an All-Star Game because you wanted to stay on the beach for an extra day or two.”

While Shattenkirk joked that Elliott’s wife may not entirely agree with that notion, Elliott is certainly enjoying a fine season with St. Louis. The 29-year-old, in his big chance to prove he can be the Blues’ number one goalie, has gone 13-5-2 with a .930 save percentage.

Girgensons, Vrbata favored to go last at fantasy draft, says oddsmaker


For the record, Friday is Media Day for the 2015 All-Star weekend, not Pick on Zemgus Girgensons Day.

Brovada released some 2015 All-Star odds today, covering obvious questions such as who will be selected first and last during the fantasy draft (as well as more esoteric ones, like Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price being on the same team).

Let’s start with who might be selected last:

Who will be picked last in the 2015 NHL All Star Draft 
Any Other Player                       3/1
Zemgus Girgensons (BUF)         4/1
Radim Vrbata (VAN)                  4/1
Patrik Elias (NJ)                        5/1
Bobby Ryan (OTT)                     6/1
Tyler Johnson (TB)                    6/1
Phil Kessel (TOR)                      9/1
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)           15/1
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)     15/1
Tyler Seguin (DAL)                    20/1
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)             30/1
Jakub Voracek (PHI)                  30/1
Claude Giroux (PHI)                   50/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                100/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)                 100/1
Ryan Johansen (CLB)                100/1
Anze Kopitar (LA)                      100/1
John Tavares (NYI)                    100/1

(Don’t sleep on the “one of the captains outright trolling a friend and/or teammate,” by the way.)

On the flip side, who might get selected first?

Who will be picked first in the 2015 NHL All Star Draft 
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                2/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)                 2/1
Ryan Johansen (CLB)                4/1
Duncan Keith (CHI)                    10/1
Corey Crawford (CHI)                 10/1
Shea Weber (NAS)                    12/1
Anze Kopitar (LA)                      30/1
John Tavares (NYI)                    30/1
Phil Kessel (TOR)                      30/1
Brent Seabrook (CHI)                 40/1
Carey Price (MON)                     40/1
Claude Giroux (PHI)                   40/1
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)             40/1
Tyler Seguin (DAL)                    40/1
Any Other Player                       40/1
Zemgus Girgensons (BUF)         50/1
Jakub Voracek (PHI)                  50/1
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)           50/1
Jaroslav Halak (NYI)                  80/1
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)     80/1
Ryan Suter (MIN)                       80/1
Tyler Johnson (TB)                    80/1
Bobby Ryan (OTT)                     80/1
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)             80/1
Roberto Luongo (FLA)               80/1
Mark Giordano (CAL)                 80/1
Brent Burns (SJ)                        100/1
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)             100/1
Erik Johnson (COL)                   100/1
Justin Faulk (CAR)                     100/1
Kevin Shattenkirk (STL)              100/1
Patrik Elias (NJ)                        100/1
Radim Vrbata (VAN)                  100/1
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHO)      100/1

Despite being one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL, Oliver Ekman-Larsson said he wouldn’t be shocked if he went last:

As far as who will win, Team Toews is at even odds while Team Foligno’s -140 (5/7). Finally, some of the odder bits:

Will Carey Price (MON) and Jaroslav Halak (NYI) be on the same All Star Team?        
Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)
No                    -140      (5/7)
Will Ryan Johansen (CLB) and Nick Foligno (CLB) be on the same All Star Team?     
Yes                  – 200     (1/2)
No                    +150     (3/2)
Will Jonathan Toews (CHI), Corey Crawford (CHI), Duncan Keith (CHI) and Brent Seabrook (CHI) and be on the same All Star Team?   
Yes                  +550     (11/2)
No                    -900     (1/9)

Is anyone else a little disappointed that “uncomfortable Phil Kessel facial expressions” wasn’t a category? (Taking over-four.)

Avs’ Erik Johnson (lower body) will not participate in the All-Star Game


Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not participate in this weekend’s All-Star Game due to a lower body injury the club announced Thursday.

Johnson had a shot on goal and three hits in nearly 23 minutes of ice time during Wednesday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old is tied for first among defensemen scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season. Johnson also has 23 points and a plus-2 rating in 47 games.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Johnson will also miss the Avs’ Jan. 27 game in Nashville.

Johnson is just the latest to bow out of this weekend’s festivities.

Brian Elliott has replaced Sergei Bobrovsky and rookie Filip Forsberg was announced as the injury replacement for Evgeni Malkin on Thursday.

Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will also skip the All-Star Game due to a lower body injury.