Jackets Sit Struggling Bobrovsky Again vs. Islanders
After starting 0-6-0, the Blue Jackets have started to weigh their options. There’s not much on the trade market and it still may be too soon to fire Todd Richards, so they’re turning to the root of the problem which has been goaltending. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t been able to stop a beach ball, which largely could be due to the lackluster defense in front of him. Regardless, Curtis McElhinney will get his second straight start tonight.
McElhinney played in Columbus’ best effort of the season against Chicago on Saturday, and even that was a 4-1 loss. McElhinney stopped 26 of 29 shots in the game. Bobrovsky is 0-5-0 on the season, with a 5.07 goals against average and a .835 save percentage.
The best thing that could happen from sitting out these two games is that Bobrovsky is able to clear his head and give Columbus a fighting chance in some of their upcoming games. Columbus is already in a hole to start the year and will have to dig their way out of it as the year goes on. They face an offensively minded Islanders team tonight in Columbus and if they can squeak out a win, it’d be a huge confidence boost, especially heading into a four game road trip.