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Hope on the horizon? Columbus’ Bobrovsky skates on his own

Columbus Blue Jackets v Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets reacts after a goal from Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings to take a 3-1 lead during the second period at Staples Center on October 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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It’s easy to see why the Columbus Blue Jackets seem so excited about Sergei Bobrovsky merely skating on his own on Saturday.

A goalie skating on his own doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s that close to returning, yet it’s certainly not a bad sign either. Let’s not kid ourselves, the Blue Jackets need him back; they’re carrying a seven-game losing streak into a home contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. This ties up a back-to-back contest, so it won’t be easy for the Blue Jackets to avoid an eighth consecutive loss.

It’s not as if Bobrovsky (as valuable as he is) would be a cure-all. He was in net for the first of two losses before giving way to Curtis McElhinney. Still, the 2013 Vezina winner would certainly give the Blue Jackets more of a fighting chance than a journeyman backup.

So, yeah, it’s tough to blame the Blue Jackets for getting giddy enough to tweet about fairly mundane moments like these:

In other Blue Jackets news, Columbus sent Mark Dano to the AHL in exchange for Dan Tyrell.

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