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Columbus places Bobrovsky on IR, expects him to miss 1-2 weeks

Dallas Stars  v Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 14: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up before a game against the Dallas Stars on October 14, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The injuries just keep piling up for the Columbus Blue Jackets, yet this one present the team with its biggest test yet: Sergei Bobrovsky’s been placed on IR with a fractured finger.

There is a little light at the end of the tunnel, however: the team only expects him to miss a week or two with that injury.

“Fractured finger” sounds like something that would sideline a goalie for longer, but the team’s timeline seems like a reason for Blue Jackets fans (and players) to let out a sigh of relief. Curtis McElhinney will start in tonight’s home game against the Ottawa Senators while the Blue Jackets recalled Anton Forsberg to back him up.

Bobrovsky, 26, is in a contract year. He’s 4-4-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. As you may tell, he’s been the Blue Jackets’ lone starter so far this season.

Here’s a quick look at the Blue Jackets’ ridiculous list of injuries:

Nathan Horton (back, out indefinitely)
Boone Jenner (hand, expected back in a few weeks/a month)
Brandon Dubinsky (abdomen, out about one month)
Cam Aktinson (nearly took a skate to the eye, day-to-day)
Nick Foligno (upper body, day-to-day)
Matt Calvert (upper body, day-to-day)

According to this Monday update from the Blue Jackets, Calvert is also on injured reserve. Considering Foligno’s scary scene, this bit is mostly promising:

“My spinal cord looks good and there are no fractures. Now it’s just making sure that the stiffness goes away and that’s the worst part right now,” said Foligno. Foligno was having some difficulty turning his head, but said the training staff worked on him that morning and it did feel better after treatment. Foligno would not rule himself out for tomorrow night.

Foligno may have been overly ambitious with that comment, though:

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