Blue Jackets can survive Bobrovsky injury

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The hits keep coming for the Blue Jackets.

Already short Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner, Columbus has also lost goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for one-to-two weeks with a broken finger.

The Blue Jackets have battled through their injuries to a .500 start, but are mired in a mini two-game losing streak. Any new injury isn't good and Bobrovsky has been one of the NHL’s best goalies for the past two seasons. Going to Curtis McElhinney is a steep drop off.

But here’s the bright side for Columbus — it’s only for two weeks. While it certainly would make a difference over a long period of time, the fickle nature of goaltending means the Jackets could play McElhinney for a few weeks and see similar results, especially since Bobrovsky has started the season slowly (.907 even-strength save percentage). 

Plus if McElhinney really struggles, the team could give 21-year-old Anton Forsberg, who is off to a solid start in the AHL, a shot. 

And if everyone sticks to their time tables, there’s a chance the Jackets could have Jenner back around the same time Bobrovsky returns, with Dubinsky following soon after. Horton, unfortunately, is another story.