Sergei Bobrovsky will look to get his injury-plagued campaign on track tonight, when he and the Jackets host the Capitals at Nationwide.
Bobrovsky, who hasn’t played since exiting a Dec. 8 loss to the Kings late in regulation, will be back in for the first time in 17 games tonight — a huge addition for a Blue Jackets team that’s been rolling with AHL netminders Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg over the last month.
(Columbus’ backup netminder, Curtis McElhinney, is also currently out injured.)
Bobrovsky is 11-12-1 this year, with a 2.52 GAA and .916 save percentage. Not terrific numbers, but he was playing great at the time of his injury — in four games in December, the former Vezina winner stopped 115 of 120 shots for a .950 save percentage.
That came on the heels of a month of November in which Bob’s save percentage was an impressive .940.
For the Caps, Braden Holtby‘s in goal.
— Mike Condon will get another chance to stymie the Bruins (he was terrific in Montreal’s 5-1 win at the Winter Classic). No definitive word out of Boston yet, but it looks like Tuukka Rask will start.
— The red-hot Corey Crawford gets the nod as Chicago invades Nashville. The Preds will go with the slumping Pekka Rinne, who is going to the All-Star Game ahead of Crawford this year despite posting pretty pedestrian numbers.