Bobrovsky will be out for up to 3 weeks with a lower body injury. For the third time in 3 years, the Blue Jackets have started poorly, ridden Bob like a rented mule trying to get back into things, only to have him go down with an injury in December. At least this time we tried applying the rhetoric about a fast start before the season started. McElhinney has performed reasonably well in these stretches, and the Jackets have even put together some streaks with him in the net during this time of year.
Perhaps the removal of that safety net the Bob provides will spur new heights from the rest of the team. The first test will be in Winnipeg on Thursday, where the Jackets should be expecting a very physical game from the Jets. CMac will rise to this test I think, and maybe Joonas Korpisalo will get his first NHL work, as he was brought up from Lake Erie as the back up today.
It is important to remember that the current situation is similar to where the CBJ was in December of the 2013-14 season when they last made the playoffs. That required some crazy heroics down the stretch to achieve, but at least makes for compelling hockey. We'll see how it goes.