Monday February 16th, 2015

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky could return before the end of the month, head coach Todd Richards told reporters Monday.

Bobrovsky has not played since leaving Columbus' game on Jan. 21 with a groin injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 26.

Bobrovsky was 16-15-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 33 games before the injury. He was selected to his first All-Star Game but was not able to play.

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Veteran backup Curtis McElhinney has started in Bobrovsky's place. Rookie Anton Forsberg has also started two games this month.

The Blue Jackets are 4-5 since Bobrovsky's injury and currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, 12 points behind the Boston Bruins for the final wild card spot.

- Dan Gartland

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