Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without their standout goaltender for at least the next month, with the club announcing Wednesday that reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be sidelined 4-to-5 weeks with a groin strain.
Bobrovsky sustained the injury while making a save during the third period of Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets have officially placed him on injured reserve in order to clear a roster spot.
The 25-year-old Russian was named the NHL's top goaltender last season after recording a 21-11-6 record with a 2.00 goals against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts over 38 games.
Bobrovsky's numbers have dropped off some this season, having posted a 2.72 GAA and a .909 save percentage while going 10-11-2 in 23 outings.
Journeyman Curtis McElhinney will take over as Columbus' No. 1 goaltender with Bobrovsky sidelined, while Mike McKenna was recalled from Springfield of the AHL to serve as the backup.