Goalie nods: After 17-game absence, Bobrovsky back for Columbus

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.

Elsewhere…

Jonas Hiller gets another start as the Flames take on the Devils in New Jersey. No surprise that the home team is going with its usual starter, Cory Schneider.

Ryan Miller will look to build on his 47-save win over the Isles on Sunday, with a start tonight at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist counters for the slumping Rangers.

James Reimer goes up against Steve Mason as the Leafs take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo.

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.

Anders Nilsson gives Cam Talbot the night off for the Oilers, while Andrei Vasilevskiy gives Ben Bishop the night off for the Bolts.

— 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.

Kari Lehtonen is likely for the Stars tonight in L.A. Jonathan Quick is likely for the Kings.

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