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Bobrovsky to get second straight start for Jackets

Jan 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Sergei Bobrovsky AP

Two days after holding Nashville to a pair of goals on 34 shots in a 3-2 shootout victory, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to make his second straight start for the Blue Jackets as they host Detroit tonight in Columbus.

Bobrovsky, 24, was acquired from Philadelphia this summer after Steve Mason struggled badly for Columbus in 2011-12.

If the Blue Jackets can get solid goaltending in this shortened season, it’ll be the first time they’ve had it since Mason’s outstanding rookie campaign in 2008-09.

In fact, of all the miscalculations GM Scott Howson made prior to last season, failing to address the goaltending was probably the worst one.

Jackets fans are hoping Howson got it right with Bobrovsky.

  1. jfont1584 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    As a flyers fan, i wish they could have held onto Bob. he is a little inconsistent, but overall, would have been worth holding onto.

  2. flyeredup202 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Bob would have been a nice LONG term Goalie for the Fly boys…. It this league most people kill for a goalie that can come into his own at 26 or 27… With Bob we would have had that now we have a 32 year old that could have a good season he looks sharp so far, but is on the down side of his career.

    Good luck in Columbus BOB!

    • jpelle82 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      who has looked sharp? 0-2 gaa above 3 and sv % probably around .900….if thats sharp the flyers are in big trouble.

      • miketoasty - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Jpelle if you couldn’t tell he was talking about Bob looking sharp, not the Flyers.

      • flyeredup202 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Jpelle you didnt watch the games, I’m assuming… I’d say one of the 8 scored were really his fault. The team is not playing man de in front of him and clearing the net. He can only do so much! Not to mention he cant score goals for his team… and if they Offence doesnt step up it will be a LONG 48 games….. Bryz plays like he did the past two games and the team around him steps up we will be fine. Man is crazy but hes looking like he did last March….

  3. steelwarriors55 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I find it funny when I read that Bryz has been solid thus far.Yes the D hasnt been very good but that is exactly why you pay a goalie.I’m a goalie myself and I can tell you that he should have stopped Vanek’s goal on the breakaway and some more.You give up 4 goals and you are not ”sharp” you are average at best.Problem is they dont pay him ”average money”

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Are you kidding? You may play goalie but you’ve never had a player of Vaneks skill level bearing down on you on a 1 on 0 breakaway. That was not Bryzgalovs fault at all. Could he have made more of an effort then immediately going down and then being stuck? Probably. But that was a complete defensive breakdown. If you watched the Flyers two games then you know Bryz has played well, and for once he is not the problem. You can’t fault the goalie when you’re like 44% on the PK.

  4. east96st - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The march to the Cup for the Jackets begins tonight in Columbus! Relax, I’m not being the least bit serious. It is nice, however, to see the Jackets have a goalie that can actually make an occasional save. Giant step upwards from last season. Of course, bringing Chico Resch out of retirement would have been a step up from Steve Mason. So, best of luck to you Sergei! You have the smallest skates in NHL history to fill. Even if you’re only mildly bad, you’re still better than the last year’s model. As for you, Mase, I sincerely hope you invested your money well. I’m guessing this is the last year you’ll find yourself collecting a NHL paycheck. But, with the Jackets, you really never know.

  5. ajbaxter1975 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Good luck to Bobrovsky. Is there any chance that Mason can still turn things around or is he done in the NHL?

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Great to see Bob doing well and maybe justifying giving up a 2nd rounder for him. He was one of my favorite Flyers. Inconsistent but unbelievable athletic ability. Very quick and flexible. Needs to work on not crouching so low in the net but he’s only what? 24? Wish the Flyers had held onto him, he might have developed like Rask Or Schneider did as backups. Good luck Bob.

  7. hockeyfan28 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Bob was loved in Philly and needed to play as much as possible that just wasn’t going to happen here
    Columbus look no further you got your franchise goalie the kid is that good and will be special in a few years.

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